By Nick Dekker
Posted On: Sep 4, 2020
Well, Letha and Wendy Pugh, owners of Bake Me Happy in Columbus’ Merion Village neighborhood, and bringing it all back for everyone – in gluten free form!
The Pughs have been crafting gluten free treats since 2014 out of a bakery space in the neighborhood. In late 2017 they expanded in their building to open a full service coffee shop and cafe, giving the community a welcoming space to sip coffee, meet with friends, and enjoy sweet and savory gluten free treats.
Bake Me Happy is one of just a few dedicated gluten free bakeries in Columbus. And their name says it all: they’re sure to bring a smile to your face with all your favorite childhood confections – brownies and blondies, Rice Krispie treats, oatmeal cream cookies, pop tarts, chocolate chip cookies – sans the gluten.
If you’ve never visited, try a carrot cake loaf, a red velvet spongie, a mini bundt cake, a donut muffing, or a snack cake (their ode to the Ding Dong).
With the shutdowns from COVID-19, Bake Me Happy has pivoted to offer online ordering and carryout, building out a robust online store. In addition to a rotating selection of sweet treats – including more fall flavors that are on the way – you can order take-and-bake mac and cheese, French bread pizzas, pizza and pie crusts, scones and chippies (chocolate chip cookies!).
And these days there are certainly still things to celebrate, right? Birthdays and anniversaries, weddings and graduations. Bake Me Happy produces stunning cakes and cupcakes, even donut cakes!
They’re also great at supporting other Ohio businesses, from jugs of Thunderkiss cold brew coffee and gluten free waffles from Lopaus Point, to Seventh Son Brewing’s Kitty Paw hard seltzer and Sonny Marie’s gluten free bread.
Even though operations are socially distanced, Bake Me Happy continues to be an important part of the community. Back in June, Wendy and Letha were featured on an episode of Facebook Watch’s Boost My Business, hosted by Tan France (of Queer Eye fame).