Buttercream Dream Bakery new business born out of the pandemic
Tony Rathosky had a dream to start a coffee shop/ bakery and a job loss during the pandemic was the perfect opportunity to start fresh in West York.
Paul Kuehnel, York Daily Record
If you talk to Tony Rathosky about coffee or desserts, you’ll instantly see his face light up with a sparkle in his eyes.
When the pandemic left him jobless, this 26-year-old says, he lost everything. Bouncing back from a stable job and consistent schedule made Rathosky realize a business of his own might be the next step.
“You’re in a job where you lose everything, and you can’t do anything. I knew once I got back into working, I had to pick something that was going to keep me busy, keep me moving.”
As a former barista, and self-taught baker, Rathosky knew combining his two passions into a business was a must.
Although he never attended pastry school, Rathosky comes from a long line of bakers and pastry chefs, who taught him their tricks and inspired many of the products he currently sells.
“Recently, I started baking and experimenting with my buttercream, and that’s how (the bakery name) came about,” Rathosky said.
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When you walk into the bakery, you’re greeted by sweet aroma of freshly brewed coffee, and Tony himself, or a member of his family at the espresso bar.
At first glance, the coffee menu appears limited, but behind the counter it’s a different story.
Rathosky offers a variety of freshly brewed coffee and espresso blends, as well as over 40 different flavor add-ins, and he’s always eager to customize a drink for his customers.
“I love it when a customer says: make something for me. That gets me excited and gives me a little bit of creativity.”
With inspiration from his aunt, Rathosky put together a menu dedicated to the characters of “Golden Girls.” Whether you watch the show or not, these signature lattes are like a dessert. After all, they were inspired by four cheesecake lovers.
Featured are drinks such as the “Dorothy,” a French vanilla cheesecake latte sprinkled with salt, “because she’s the salty one in the group,” Rathosky said. The “Rose” is a marshmallow cheesecake latte, and the “Sophia” is a delightful tiramisu cheesecake latte.
Blanche on the other hand has two signature drinks, the “Original Blanche” is a habanero-cheesecake flavored latte, and the “Mild Blanche” which is a southern peach cheesecake latte.
A few steps past the espresso bar is the bakery, where cookies, muffins, cupcakes and even fresh loaves of bread, are baked fresh daily.
When he’s not pulling shots of espresso behind the bar, Rathosky is whipping up his signature buttercream and decorating cupcakes.
On a regular day, the bakery offers muffins, cookies, whoopie pies and over 30 different cupcake flavors, some of which include alcohol.
“Our boozy cupcakes were an experiment we started a while ago, where we infuse liquor into the icing and then we top the cupcake with a micro-shot of alcohol.”
Some of the boozy cupcakes include the “Everybody’s Irish,” a chocolate cake iced with Kerrygold Irish buttercream infused with Baileys liquor, topped off with a syringe filled with liquor.
If you’re looking for something bubbly, try the “Champagne campaign” featuring Rathosky’s fluffy, yellow cake iced with his signature buttercream infused with local pink champagne.
In addition to baked goods, Rathosky’s brother, A.J., offers a selection of his homemade quiche and breakfast sandwiches on the weekends — a perfect brunch pairing with a cup of coffee.
Despite being open a little over one month, Rathosky has already made an impression on the neighborhood and has plenty of regulars.
Jessica Breen stops in for a cup of coffee regularly while on her morning walk, and occasionally will treat her daughter Kennedy, 3, with a cupcake.
“It’s nice to have people stop by, and you know what they want when you see them so you start making their order right away — we’re lucky.”
Buttercream Dream is in West York, at 1510 W Market St., and is open from Tuesday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday through Sunday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Lena Tzivekis is a reporter for the Evening Sun. Follow her Twitter at @tzivekis, and say hi, or let her know where to get the best cup of coffee!
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