MOLLIE AND KELLY NOW serve up tasty baked goods in their German Village bakery, but they first met in Frisco, Texas, playing professional golf. They traveled the world together, tasting culinary offerings at each city and planting the seeds for their future endeavors in Columbus.
Mollie and Kelly both grew up in conservative families — Mollie in Columbus, Kelly in California — and it took their families some time to accept them when they came out in their late teens and early 20s. While some family members on Kelly’s side never came around, Mollie now calls her family some of her biggest supporters.
They may have met in Texas, but they weren’t there for long. Their relationship began during a time of constant travel and they found themselves on the road for 45 weeks out of the year. “[Traveling] All across the US and traveling internationally allowed us to experience so many places together,” says Mollie.
But even while encumbered by the rigorous schedule of professional golf and international travel, the dream of opening a bakery was never far from their minds. “We always talked about opening a bakery in Columbus once our golf careers were over,” says Kelly. “Cakes and cupcakes have always been a part of that American celebration accessory. We loved the idea of our baked goods being a part of someone’s birthday celebration or family gathering.”
As they traveled they looked for inspiration in each city. “We would always look for the local culinary scene everywhere we went,” explains Mollie. “Sometimes we would wake up early to practice on the golf course, just so we could have the afternoon and evening to explore the restaurants and cafes of the city we were in for the week.”
On a stop in Chicago during their golf tour, they became engaged. “Our engagement was more of a conversation than a proposal,” recalls Mollie. “We started having a conversation about wanting to get married, which led us to the decision that although we couldn’t legally get married in Ohio, we wanted to have a commitment ceremony.” They celebrated their commitment with family in German Village in 2007, and later were legally married in New York in 2014.
When their golf careers came to an end in 2011 they began the journey of making the dream a reality, perfecting their recipes while setting the standard early on to offer only the highest quality of baked goods. “We use only butter and bake everything fresh for each day,” says Kelly.
Kittie’s Cakes opened on Third Street in German Village in April of 2013. They maintained the classic American theme when expanding their menu to include their Micky ‘Os (oatmeal crème pies) and whoopee pies. “Our biscuits & jam are some of customers’ favorite baked goods we make, along with our cinnamon rolls and scones that we make daily,” says Kelly.
When asked of their favorite activity to do together, both Mollie and Kelly and have the same answer, and it’s no surprise: Cooking! “We work so well together in the kitchen, that it makes it really fun to not only work together, but also enjoy the ‘fruits of our labor!’” says Mollie. They also love trying local restaurants and spending time with their golden retriever, Linus, on long walks around the city.
“I can honestly say that I
can spend all day with Mollie and I love every minute of it,” says Kelly. “Mollie is the most considerate, thoughtful, caring person I know, and her sense of humor and wit keep me laughing throughout the day.” And Mollie also has plenty to gush about: “My favorite thing about Kelly is she’s so caring and loving to everyone,” she says. “Customers or family, Kelly is always wanting to make sure the people in her life are taken care of.”
No more traveling around the world for these two. They have seen so many cities, but Columbus will always be home. Mollie sums up their love for Columbus when she says, “Columbus seems to always be evolving. Whether it be the culinary scene, arts or urban living, Columbus keeps moving. Columbus has remained a city that embraces our diversity and constantly pushes to become better.”