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Making the World a Bit Sweeter

A Confectionary Conversation With Kara Smith, Co-Owner of Studio Bakery

Article by Chris Watson

Photography by Terry Fravel

Originally published in Canton Lifestyle

Recently, we had the opportunity to sit down with Kara Smith, co-owner of Studio Bakery located at 4339 Dressler Rd. NW in the Belden Center. Here's a glimpse inside her story and the one of Studio Bakery. 

Tell us a bit about Studio Bakery. How did you get started?

I met my business partner, Brittany Bergquist, over ten years ago at West Point Market. We had talked about opening a bakery together, with her baking and myself decorating. We knew that we wanted to make everything from scratch and have an open concept, where you could see what we were working on. It took us about a year to plan, find a space and open Studio Bakery. This coming September we’ll celebrate its fourth anniversary.

What kind of delicacies can one find there?

Everything from specialty pastries to the humble chocolate chip cookie! We take special pride in our beautiful, artistic, custom cakes. We also carry one of the largest selections of French macarons in the area. We’d like to start featuring weekend specials, possibly bringing back our famous cinnamon rolls. We’re also looking at shipping our desserts and offering classes in the future.

What does your role entail?

I definitely have to be flexible as an owner. I never know what the day will bring! I’m the head cake decorator as well, so much of my day consists of prepping and decorating the amazing cakes that Brittany bakes. I also love making royal icing cut-out cookies. They’re time-consuming and detailed, a fun change of pace.

How did you get to be here?

Hard work, vision, dedication and the support of family and friends has led me to where I am today. My training came from work experience, and I was fortunate to have patient, supportive and encouraging teachers. My passion for decorating stems from the creativity involved. Each custom cake is different and requires a different set of skills. I love seeing the expressions of customers who are absolutely happy with their unique cake.  

What’s on the horizon for Studio Bakery?

Wedding season is here, so we encourage couples to stop in and ask about wedding cakes or desserts. We’ll also feature specialty desserts, cakes and our signature cupcake bouquet for Mother’s Day. We always provide the best baked goods, from scratch, with excellent customer service.

Any advice for the young women of our community?

Do what you love. Always remember to find a balance in life and take time for yourself. And if you want something, go get it! 

Call Studio Bakery at 330.776.8308, or follow them at