Valentine’s Day marks end of era, final icing on cake for decorator – KCRA Sacramento

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This Valentine’s Day will mark the final holiday in Carol Clevenger’s three-decade impact inside Sacramento’s Freeport Bakery.Thirty-two years after teaming up with current owners Marlene Goetzler and Walter Goetzler, Clevenger is retiring as the bakery’s head decorator.”It’s a mixture of a lot of emotions. I’m excited, but as you can tell I’m pretty emotional,” Clevenger said. “This has been such a big place for me. Working for these people and the people I’ve been able to work with has been amazing.”During her span, Clevenger has witnessed the bakery expand from seven employees working in a tiny kitchen to 70 employees baking and decorating in two separate buildings. She’s also watched as cake decorating has transformed from simple roses iced on cakes to elaborately designed shaped cakes that often include original artwork or photographs.”It’s the end of an era. We grew up together. Carol was right. We grew up together,” said Marlene Goetzler, co-owner of Freeport Bakery.However, the Goetzler’s said Clevenger’s impact expands far beyond her decorating. It includes three decades of teaching, mentoring and impacting the lives of those around her.”She has an incredible big heart. You can’t change the world, but you can change the world around you and teach people how to change the world around them,” said co-owner Walter Goetzler. “I’m going to miss her so much.”Clevenger’s last day is Saturday.

This Valentine’s Day will mark the final holiday in Carol Clevenger’s three-decade impact inside Sacramento’s Freeport Bakery.

Thirty-two years after teaming up with current owners Marlene Goetzler and Walter Goetzler, Clevenger is retiring as the bakery’s head decorator.

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“It’s a mixture of a lot of emotions. I’m excited, but as you can tell I’m pretty emotional,” Clevenger said. “This has been such a big place for me. Working for these people and the people I’ve been able to work with has been amazing.”

During her span, Clevenger has witnessed the bakery expand from seven employees working in a tiny kitchen to 70 employees baking and decorating in two separate buildings. She’s also watched as cake decorating has transformed from simple roses iced on cakes to elaborately designed shaped cakes that often include original artwork or photographs.

“It’s the end of an era. We grew up together. Carol was right. We grew up together,” said Marlene Goetzler, co-owner of Freeport Bakery.

However, the Goetzler’s said Clevenger’s impact expands far beyond her decorating. It includes three decades of teaching, mentoring and impacting the lives of those around her.

“She has an incredible big heart. You can’t change the world, but you can change the world around you and teach people how to change the world around them,” said co-owner Walter Goetzler. “I’m going to miss her so much.”

Clevenger’s last day is Saturday.

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