Mary is the owner of Dolce Vita Desserts, a local bakery that just recently relocated from Lemont to a much larger location on Commercial Blvd in State College. Mary began Dolce Vita Desserts as a very small business out of her kitchen, and through her hard work and exceptional services, it has expanded to what it is today, maintaining a large presence in the Centre County community. All of Mary’s desserts are made in-house, many of them using recipes that she inherited from her mother and grandmothers. She bakes everything from scratch with the highest quality ingredients, and is uniquely interested in doing whatever customizing she can to meet the needs of her customers. In Mary’s new, larger location, she has also developed two distinct spaces to help bridge the gap between her business and the local community. The first is a kids-space that she will use to host children’s birthday parties, and the second is a private event space that she rents out for various private parties or meetings. Mary is in-charge of all of the day-to-day operations of her business, including tasks from bookkeeping and payroll, to design and baking, to advertising and marketing, and everything in-between.