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Downtown is place to get Goodies Galore!

Monday, April 18, 2005

Goodies Galore owner/ baker Mary Fisher holds up a sample of her specialty birthday cakes while a friend looks on. The cake is decorated using special equipment that allows the usage of a personal photo or a chosen image to be placed on the cake in an edible form.

Four years ago, while laying in bed for weeks and then suffering through rehabilitation from a back injury, Mary Fisher couldn't get a poem from her childhood out of her head.

"One life will soon be passed, only what's done for Christ will last," Fisher said. "I kept thinking, what have I done with my life?"

Going through her skill set, Fisher decided on the one thing she did that continually brought joy to others: her baking.

"I have a very supportive family," Fisher said. "I couldn't have done any of this without them."

So she resigned from her job to pursue a dream with her family right by her side.

"It is definitely a family owned and operated business," Fisher said. Her husband, Bill, and son, Stoney, did the renovations in the little bakery on 7 S. Walnut St. in Brazil. Her daughter, Sami, "helps around the shop with odds and ends."

But Fisher, who puts to use her 35 years of experience, does all the baking.

"I wanted to do something that would show God's love to the community," Fisher said of why it was important to create a certain type of atmosphere for her customers. "If a person comes in feeling welcomed and happy while they enjoy their food, then I've done my job."

She recommends that orders be placed in advance to insure her customers receive the freshest product available. With a bakery menu that offers cakes, cookies, candies, muffins and pies, Fisher also offers full meal buffet-style catering and specialty orders.

"I chose the name Goodies Galore because I wanted to be able to expand my options to cover all kinds of goodies in the future for my customers."

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