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September 26, 2012

Two area pals living the sweet life as bakers

The Daily Star

---- — Two friends have turned their love of baking into a business.

Simply Sweets sells cookies, pies, cakes and other creations whipped up by Betty Lee and Erin Falco. They work in a commercial kitchen in the town of Maryland that was converted from a guest house, Lee said.

“Erin and I bake for our family, and we have always worked well together in the kitchen,’’ she said. “We have always talked about starting a business together and recently decided to go for it.’’

They acquired certification from the state Agriculture and Markets Department, she said, and started selling at the Oneonta Farmers’ Market in June.

After the farmers’ market season ends, Lee said, they plan to

fill custom orders for pies, cakes and other baked goods, especially during the holiday season.

The women manage their business among other family and professional demands, said Lee, 24, a 2006 O

neonta High School graduate who works part-time as a nurse and is a full-time graduate student. Falco, 28, is a stay-at-home mother, Lee said.

Thursdays and Fridays are designated baking days, Lee said. The women make unusual cookies, such as maple bacon, because they want to offer products not available at stores, she said. Their “everything but the kitchen sink’’ cookie includes peanut butter, oats, chocolate and butterscotch chips, M&Ms and raisins, she said, and a large cookie costs $2.50.   

Lee said to reach the bakery business, send email to or visit Facebook.



Some pampered dogs will have an opportunity to thank someone for special treatment.

Pluto’s Boutique will have an open house at Community Veterinary Center at 4109 State Route 7 in the town of Oneonta from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3.

Ellen Dwyer, owner of Pluto’s Boutique, said the event is to celebrate 25 years in business.

The event will feature raffles, treats for dogs and people and free nail-trimming for dogs from noon to 2 p.m., Dwyer said. Pluto’s Boutique recently consolidated its operations at Community Vet.



Hampton Inn Oneonta gained an accolade recognizing excellence.

The hotel at 225 River St. earned a 2012 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award. The honor is based on traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, a media release in June said, and about 10 percent of accommodations listed on TripAdvisor receive this recognition.

Hampton Inn Oneonta is among 819 other Hampton properties to receive this award, the release said.  

To qualify for the Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain a rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor, which offers online planning options and booking links. Award criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.

To suggest a business story, announce a new business or changes to an existing one, email details to or call Denise Richardson at 432-1000 or (800) 721-1000, ext. 213.