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By Jimmy Rosier
Yia Yia’s Bakery is a small family-owned business that has made a name for itself when it comes to wedding cakes in the Baltimore area.
Yia Yia’s Bakery has been around for over 10 years, and is a popular spot for cakes, bread, and other desserts. Corky Mitsos, 72, is a general manager who has been with the bakery since its opening.
“Being here from the beginning and watching a small business take off is just an experience I will always be thankful to witness,” Mitsos said. “It’s great to see a small business with just one store to have the success that it has had over the years.”
This small business has expanded its impact beyond the Baltimore area, gaining popularity statewide and even into other states, like Pennsylvania. Word-of-mouth is what mainly caused the bakery to take off.
“All it took was a couple of weddings from local customers and we started getting busier and busier,” Mitsos said. “When your product is one of the center pieces of a big event…you always have people asking where they got the cake from. Once it got out that our cakes were very good and presented well, we started getting more calls to do weddings, birthday, retirement parties and other events.”
Like any business, things can become hectic as business picks up. Yia Yia’s is no exception. More workers were needed to help make all the desserts, as well as up front to assist customers.
“It started getting crazier in here in the mornings and I found myself working up front with customers by myself in cases when people would call out sick,” Mitsos said. “Before I became manager I was just like any regular worker who starts at the bottom of a company, and I just couldn’t do it all by myself and went to my manager a couple times and told them we need more people up front.”
The name Yia Yia means “grandmother” in Greek. The bakery’s previous owner named it after his mother, who was always baking Greek desserts. She came to work for him, and is still at the bakery today.
“We tend to cater to the Greek side since we are a Greek-owned bakery. The first owner was Greek, and the current owner is also a Greek gentleman,” Mitsos said.
The bakery has even attracted former Baltimore Raven Torrey Smith. Every year, Smith makes sure his son’s cake is from Yia Yia’s Bakery.
“I have always enjoyed working here and to be a part of the largest bakery in Maryland is very special,” Mitsos said.
Yia Yia’s Bakery- 9415 Philadelphia Rd, Rosedale, MD 21237 Phone: 410-238-2253