For 10 years, Mary DeAngelo operated Mary’s Corner, a cafe and bakery in a historic 1825 building in Beallsville. But when what was at one time known as the National Hotel got too big and laborious to maintain, she sold the building.
Not wanting to give up her passion for baking, she looked around for an alternate location that would be easier on the work load even before she vacated the Beallsville location. Just about the same time, her husband’s boss, Ron White, bought a trio of adjacent historic buildings on High Street in Brownsville and offered to rent her one when he found out she was looking for a new place of business.
“As soon as I saw it, I went for it,” DeAngelo said.
Marty’s husband, Paul, installs furnaces for White and made the needed renovations of the building before Mary’s Corner Cafe and Bakery opened. Since then, business has been great according to DeAngelo who cut her chops in the kitchen preparing meals for as many as 2,000 service men a day while spending 23 years in the U.S. Air Force. Although she likes to cook, she’s especially adept at baking the basics like cakes, cookies, pies and doughnuts.
“While in the Air Force, I traveled around the country and overseas to countries like Germany, Italy and South Korea,” she said. “Everywhere I went, I picked up new baking ideas which augmented baking skills I learned from my grandmother.”
Since she opened her bakery, her most popular item has proven to be her cinnamon rolls and gobs, which come in chocolate, chocolate-peanut butter, lemon, orange and strawberry flavors. Patrons will also find a variety of fresh or frozen fruit pies on her display table.
But there’s more to the inventory than just sweets. She also added savory pepperoni rolls as well as breads that come in rye, white and Italian styles.
At the moment, DeAngelo runs the enterprise by herself and starts baking around 5 a.m. A dedicated worker, she puts in a long day until she closes up shop at 5 p.m.
“I plan to change my baked items from time to time, but will also keep my mainstays and most popular items,” she said.
Carrying over the name of the business from her Beallsville location, she also brought with her some of the old furniture that gave the former site a certain period charm. While there is no indoor dining at the Brownsville location, she may introduce some tables and chairs outside on the side walk in the near future.
When the adjacent Pickle’s Pub and Grub opens sometime in July, DeAngelo hopes to sell some of her baked goods to the new eatery. In the meantime, she’s also taking orders for customized wedding cakes and other baked goods.
“I’ve cooked for many years in the Air Force, but baking has always been my passion,” she said. “I’m now glad to be bringing my skills to my new location here in Brownsville.”
Mary’s Corner Cafe and Bakery is located at 105 High Street in Brownsville. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Phone 724-579-4519.