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Mary and Jim Deatherage have lived in King George for most of their adult lives and for all of their 35 years of marriage. Mary has been baking since she was a teenager and Jim likes to point out that he had one of Mary’s cakes long before he actually met Mary.
And Jim is not the only fan of Mary’s cooking. That’s why Mary’s Cakery and Candy Kitchen, the King George store owned by Mary and Jim, has become the largest privately owned candy store in the state of Virginia as it nears its 15th anniversary.
“Jim and I chose King George for our business because we had an established customer base here already,” Mary said. “I had been selling cakes from our home in King George for over 25 years before opening our store. In fact, some of my longtime customers helped us make the move into the store, as did friends and family.”
“My mother was an amazing baker and I learned cake decorating from her,” Mary said. “She used to give classes on cake decorating and I eventually followed in her footsteps before the store was opened. I still use some of her recipes in the store today and many longtime customers remember my mother’s work fondly.”
“We opened the store in August of 1998; this year marks our fifteenth anniversary,” Mary said.
Mary and Jim established their store in King George because this is their home and because they believe many of their friends and customers would have been disappointed if they had located anywhere else. “Many, many people - some perfect strangers - put in a lot of time and energy to help establish this store,” Mary said. That kind of community support has helped Mary’s Cakery grow to the point that it now has a showroom of about 2300 square feet.
“We manufacture approximately 90 to 95 percent of all the chocolates sold in the store,” Mary said. “We are about to set up a nostalgic section with many candies from the past, and several people have asked for old time favorites and I am getting ready to carry them.
We also currently wholesale our chocolates to the Virginia State Parks and to numerous small businesses throughout the Northeast. One of our appeals is that we can customize our chocolates for almost any occasion or business.”
Mary said her greatest reward is “watching the joy and pleasure on people’s faces when they come in and taste our delicious treats and receive our uniquely decorated cakes. I truly love what I do.”
And her dream is “to grow enough that we can rebuild and open a tourist attraction so people can come in and watch the candy making in progress. We do currently offer small chocolate demonstrations to school groups and others upon request.”
Mary’s Cakery and Candy Kitchen is located at 10305 Indiantown Rd., King George, just behind the BB&T Bank. The phone number is 540-775-9350. The webpage is: www.maryscakeryandcandy.com