New bakery rising in Janesville
The order, walk-in, take-out bakery will house a small kitchen, a handicapped accessible bathroom, furnace room and two café tables with a couple chairs each.
Owner/operator Lori McCool, along with some help from her four adult children, will offer mostly cakes, including her specialty cakes, plus sweet rolls, breads, specialty bars, cookies and other treats.
McCool signed a lease Feb. 22 and soon after remodeling began in the space that previously housed a soccer retail shop.
She is shooting for a grand opening date of April 1.
Bakery hours haven't been set yet, McCool said.
A nurse by profession, McCool cashed in her retirement to start the bakery, which is located in a neighborhood she has lived her entire life in.
"I think next to Craig High School will be nice for the kids and good for the neighborhood and new hospital nearby,'' she said.
Many of her customers, she said, will be nurses and doctors who she has worked with through the Dean Health system.
McCool learned how to bake when she was 15. Later, she worked at the Janesville Country Club, a bakery in Stoughton, different bakeries that went out of business in Madison and was the pastry chef at the Geneva Lakes Kennel Club. She also taught cake-decorating classes for Wilton and Michael's Arts & Crafts.
"I never had any formal training," she said. "I learned on my own."