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Opening of the Wolf & Whisk bakery in the Trendy Bunny store in Greensburg

One of Kelsey Blahovec’s first batches of cookies came out “as edible concrete.” This is what happens when you add a cup of baking soda instead of a teaspoon.

That didn’t drive her out of the kitchen, though. She’s doubled down on her baking efforts and now owns Wolf & Whisk Baked Goods, with counter space inside the Trendy Bunny Studio in downtown Greensburg.

Blahovec will show his stuff to the public at a grand opening from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at the business at 123 McKeon Way.

The event will feature live music, baked goods for sale, samples and free champagne, while supplies last.

Wolf & Whisk will carry everyday staples such as chocolate croissants, sugar cookies, espresso sea salt chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, cake pops and a bento cupcake. The $8 cake serves one or two people and comes with a candle and fork.

Blahovec will offer weekly specials featuring different flavor combinations and coffee from Standing Wave Coffee in Pittsburgh. Logo merchandise and products from several local artisans will also be available.

Blahovec noted that her custom sugar cookies have become so popular via online ordering that she’s booked for custom orders through the end of the year. It is now taking orders to be filled in 2023.

Baking wasn’t a lifelong passion for the Greensburg resident, 32, a Seton Hill University sports management graduate.

“I didn’t grow up cooking with my grandmother,” she said.

When her husband, Zac Blahovec, was 21, she decided she wanted to give him a cake in the form of a bottle of Jack Daniels whiskey – except the price listed was $250 and she had “zero dollar in my account”. So she turned to a YouTube tutorial.

“I thought, ‘How hard can this be?’ It was hard. Now I understand why they charge $250,” she said.

The cake was a hit, however, and her family members and friends began asking her to bake treats for special occasions. Her love of baking grew.

Blahovec, who worked full-time in admissions at Seton Hill, began selling personalized sugar cookies under the Wolf & Whisk name via social media in August 2020. She also had space at the 2021 Greensburg Night Market.

Randomly, Trendy Bunny owner Alisha Edwards contacted Blahovec, asking her to recommend a student who could be a nanny for her son.

“I would come home from work and cook until 2 or 3 in the morning,” she said. “I thought maybe I could retire from my full-time job. I asked my husband, “What if I nanny part-time until Wolf & Whisk takes off?” ”

Blahovec accepted the nanny position, which led Edwards to offer her retail space in The Trendy Bunny.

“We were such a good mix. (Edwards) became like family so quickly,” Blahovec said. “She has the space and so many great ideas.”

The Trendy Bunny Studio offers children’s clothing, toys and other merchandise; women’s clothing and accessories; a play area; and special event bookings. It is also home to other small businesses.

“It’s so important to have this support team,” Blahovec said. “The Trendy team constantly wants you to succeed from the bottom of their hearts.”

Blahovec said her husband and mother, Kathy Criner of Hempfield, also provided helping hands and moral support when needed.

“It’s just me, myself and me cooking. But they do everything I need,” she said. “They just say, ‘Where do you need me?’ They are my volunteer sous-chefs, they prepare the orders. They pick me up when a recipe doesn’t work or calm me down when I’m panicking because it’s 7am and my 8am order isn’t ready.

Along with adding a sweet touch to downtown Greensburg, Blahovec said she and her husband are invested in making the city appealing to other young people.

“Of course, we’d love to live in cool places like Utah or Stowe, Vermont, but number one, they’re too expensive and our families are here,” she said. “With graduate students from Seton Hill or Saint Vincent, they’re not going to stay if they have nothing to do.

“We want to be part of that base of young people who are building businesses and growing Greensburg.”

Wolf & Whisk Baked Goods will be open during The Trendy Bunny’s hours of operation, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Wednesday and Friday, and 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday .

For more information, visit Wolf & Whisk on Instagram or Facebook.

Shirley McMarlin is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, or via Twitter .

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