Amy Stallworth's best ideas come to her while she's dreaming.
That includes recipes for the treats she sells at her Powell bakery, aptly named Sweet Dreemz.
The window-lined bakery in the plaza at 138 E. Olentangy St. is sufficient enough to produce cupcakes, cookies, brownies and muffins -- sometimes hundreds of each for just one order -- but its few hundred square feet and single oven give it the feel of a kitchen that belongs to someone who loves baking.
Offerings range from gourmet cupcakes in flavors such as salted chocolate caramel and white almond raspberry to cake doughnuts and cinnamon rolls.
"I started baking with my grandmother before I was talking," said Stallworth, who uses her grandmother's recipe to make a breakfast treat named Mama's Coffee Cake.
"I've always baked things for people, and my husband and I both worked in restaurants, so we started a home bakery and got licensed, but then we saw this site and it was perfect. It just felt right."
Stallworth unveiled her breakfast recipes July 1 when the bakery opened full time.
She and her husband, Patrick, moved their business into the bakery space in September, but were open for business only from 3 to 6 p.m. each day because the Dublin-based couple were working other full-time jobs. Now, the Stallworths will serve customers from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.
While Amy Stallworth, 35, will continue to work as a baker at Panera Bread in the early mornings, Patrick Stallworth's last day of work as a welding coordinator for Honda was this week.
The Greater Powell Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. Friday, July 12, to mark the bakery's new full-time status. During the event, the Stallworths will hand out free samples.
"We're really ready to jump in," Amy Stallworth said. "We just have so much fun doing it that we are happy to be here all day."
The two make the most out of the small space by spending the day baking treats in preparation for the next day's customers. Those items always include a dozen different cupcake flavors and homemade frostings, chocolate cake pops and six types of cookies. The signature Sweet Dreemz cookie is a chocolate cookie topped with buttercream icing, chocolate syrup, mini-M&Ms and Hershey's chocolate pieces.
Patrick Stallworth, 44, doesn't mind working in a kitchen that's painted pink and purple or selling cupcakes that are individually packaged in pink boxes. Amy Stallworth said the colorfulness and artistry that goes into their sweets is all just a part of their outlook on life and what they want the business to stand for.
"Our logo is, 'We create happiness,' because we want this place to be fun and something that really just makes people smile," she said, adding she makes sugar cookies with the word smile written on them in frosting and has a tattoo with the same word on her right foot.
The bakery takes special orders in person, online at sweetdreemz.biz, and over the phone at 614-465-6066 with an advance notice of 24 hours. Sweet Dreemz also caters desserts for weddings, parties and other special events. Amy Stallworth said the bakery will customize cakes, cupcakes and any other dessert to fit a desired taste or look.
"This is really a dream come true," she said, "so if we can do something to make our customers smile or make their event perfect, then we're going to do it."