Meet Marcy Haas, owner of Sweet Things by Marcy (www.sweetthingsbymarcy.com).
Tell us a little about your business. – My bakery specializes in authentic southern-style desserts. Our desserts are made from scratch, with real butter, real vanilla and real love. We offer local delivery and pick-up, and we are also exclusively sold at Lila Mae’s Southern Kitchen. Some of the most popular items at my bakery are the Kentucky Butter Cake, Peach Cobbler, Cupcakes and many more.
How did you get started in the business? – I have been baking for over 40 years. My mother taught me how to bake basic southern staples such as biscuits, cornbread, tea cakes and sweet potato pie. I eventually played around with making pound cakes, cookies and other things, and ended up growing my passion into a business.
What has been your most important achievement professionally? – Expanding into a commercial space and partnership with a local restaurant. Also most recently, teaming up with James Arthur Vineyard for a decadent evening of wine and desserts at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 21, in our party room. We will be pairing JAV wines with my scrumptious cakes. Tickets are $27.50/person and are available at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 21.
Tell us a little about your family. – My family consists of my husband Tony, my sons Matthew and Christopher, grandson Kingston, and fur babies Eugene, Roger and Sage. My family outside of Nebraska is HUGE. I’m the youngest of nine children and aunt to 30-ish nieces and nephews.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? – On a day off, I love to cook a delicious meal for my family.
What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know? – I never sought out to become a baker, but I have always been an entrepreneur. I used to own a company called Les Concierge of Alabama before moving to Nebraska. The concept was similar to DoorDash, Instacart and other services of that kind.
Who inspires you? – Although they are both deceased, my father and mother are my inspiration.
What is your favorite quote or the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? – The best advice I have ever received was from my mother. She always told me that I can do anything I put my mind to, and I live by that.
If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be? – Motivated.
If you had a theme song, what would it be? – “Unstoppable” by Sia.
If you could have a super power, what would it be? – If I could have a super power, I would definitely choose unlimited energy.
If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be? – I enjoy doing research so I would probably choose to be a lawyer.
What local nonprofit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? – I’m involved in a few organizations including Friendship Home of Lincoln, Veterans Memorial Garden Advisory Council and Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.
What is your favorite book or the last good book you read? – Quiet by Susan Cain.
What is your favorite movie? – O Brother, Where Art Thou?
What is your favorite local restaurant? – JTK.
If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? – Ruby Bridges.