Brooke Adamski and Chris Anthony are proprietors of What the Cup at 612 Dixie Hwy. in Rossford. They had been co-workers at Toledo Correctional Institution. Mr. Anthony has a degree in business management. Ms. Adamski has a love of cooking.
At Toledo Correctional Institution, Officer Brooke Adamski often brought in cupcakes to cheer up her co-workers.
The sweets -- from the standard chocolate cupcakes to the more inventive snickerdoodle or cookie dough cupcakes -- went fast.
"We gobbled them up really quick," said Ed Moye, who was Ms. Adamski's supervisor at the prison.
Ms. Adamski loved cooking, from making her cousin's three-tier wedding cake to baking cookies every year for the holidays.
It was only a matter of time before she traded in supervising inmates to baking 18 dozen cupcakes a day at a commercial kitchen.
Ms. Adamski and her ex-boyfriend Chris Anthony, who had been her co-worker at the prison, quit their jobs and opened What The Cup in Rossford about a month ago.
The idea of What the Cup started after the couple feared they might get laid off this year as the state threatened to close more prisons.
"We were worried about what was going to be next," Ms. Adamski said.
S'mores mini cupcakes are among offerings at What the Cup. Business is going well, Mr. Anthony says.
They decided to become entrepreneurs since Mr. Anthony has a business management degree from Davis College and Ms. Adamski's knack is baking.
They invested more than $5,000 in start-up costs and remodeled their business in what used to be a hair salon.
"A lot of hair we had to clean up," Mr. Anthony, 28, said.
Ms. Adamski, 29, and Mr. Anthony are "the odd couple," she admitted.
The pair from Toledo broke up in September after dating for more than a year, but they are still on good terms.
"We live together, and we hang out together, and we work together," he said.
"We know exactly how the other one works and what to expect out of the other one," Ms. Adamski said.
In their shop, at 612 Dixie Hwy., the walls are painted cheery pink and green and a glass display case shows several flavors of cupcakes -- a vastly different scene from the prison where they once worked.
"If you can go from one extreme to the next and do it seamlessly, it's cool to see," said Mr. Moye, who regularly visits their shop with his three children.
Business, so far, has gone well as they received a 400-cupcake order before the shop even officially opened.
"It took off and just snowballed from there," Mr. Anthony said.
They said they hope the orders pick up when the new Hollywood Casino Toledo opens nearby. The store's hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday with one cupcake priced at $2 and a dozen for $20.