NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A Nacogdoches business woman had sweet success Tuesday at Blue Horse Bakery, a shop she opened just in the nick of time for Valentine's Day. It took perseverance for her to reach her goal.
Throughout the day at Blue Horse Bakery in downtown Nacogdoches, customers ordered treats they needed.
"I know for sure I need two heart cookies," one customer said.
They also spent more time mulling over the sweets they wanted.
Take your time says owner Whitney Ronzello. This horse girl knows patience.
"Ever since I was little, I always knew I wanted to own my own business,s and I always knew that I wanted to have a business where I could put a horse in the logo," Ronzello said.
The former competition equestrian is now saddled up to serving delicious confections and is loving it.
When asked how many times she had written the word love in the last couple of days, Ronzello laughed and said, "Quite a few. I would say at least 50."
The cake artist once worked from her home. In January, she took the leap to a commercial kitchen.
With business plan in hand, Ronzello approached Shelley Brophy. The experienced restauranteur wasn't looking to sell her popular Shelley's Bakery Cafe location, but was willing to hear Ronzello out. At 31, Ronzello sealed the deal. The new kid on the block has no problem following Shelley's reputation.
"It doesn't bother me at all, actually," Ronzello said. "Shelley's Bakery was a big part of the community for the last 10-plus years, and I'm honored to have been able to work with her on this and purchase this location and so we're just really excited."
The goal-oriented woman had less than a month to open in time for last Saturday's Wine Swirl and no later than the lucrative Valentine's Day.
"So February 10 was the day," Ronzello said.
The entrepreneur can now call Blue Horse Bakery a home away from home.
"I was actually here until about 3 a.m. last night prepping for all cookies and doing all the decorated sugar cookies, and then I had an employee that came in this morning at 4 a.m. Welcome to the sweet world of owning a business," Ronzello said. "Happy Valentine's Day."