PIPESTONE — Carrie Goodale of Pipestone opened her new year with a new venture: Goodale's Goodies, an in-home bakery offering a variety of tasty treats.
"At the new year, I decided, 'You know what? I'm just going to take a leap of faith,'" she said.
For the first month of that leap, Goodale's new business has been well-received by the Pipestone community.
"I always loved baking," said Goodale, who grew up on her mom's sugar cookies, which remain her personal favorite and specialty. "I always have great memories of my mom baking brownies and cookies."
Her mom, Goodale added, is "really super proud of me for doing this."
Goodale is always searching for new cookie ideas and takes custom orders for specific shapes and decorations. Her menu includes sugar cookies — of course — cakes, cupcakes, cake pops, truffles and fudge brownies. She's also open to ideas from customers.
"If it's not something I feel comfortable doing, I'll let them know," she said.
Goodale also offers pickup and delivery options. Delivery is free within a five-mile radius of Pipestone and at a fee for farther distances.
Another option at Goodale's Goodies is a handmade card attached to the order.
Goodale bakes whenever she can — mostly when her youngest child is at preschool and in the evenings. It usually takes her a day or two to complete custom orders, and she encourages Valentine's Day orders as soon as possible.
The best way to contact her to make an order is through the Goodale's Goodies Facebook page, where customers can message her directly or find her phone number.
In the future, Goodale would like to expand into more baked goods. She's already working to master her husband's grandma's bread recipe.