Main Street Treats
Carmel Bakery Satisfies Your Sweet Tooth
Dinosaur-shaped sugar cookies. Red velvet whoopie pies. Cookie dough-filled chocolate cupcakes. Just thinking about these sweets can make you feel happy, and that’s the goal of Tracy O’Dea, owner and operator at Main Street Treats in Carmel.
“We love being able to put a smile on a customer’s face,” says O’Dea, who opened Main Street Treats in November 2017. The store is located a stone’s throw from the Monon Trail in downtown Carmel. “There is no better feeling than to watch the faces of our customers when they see the finished treats.”
The idea for Main Street Treats started with O’Dea’s love for celebrating events, big and small, with food.
“Our family always enjoyed celebrating everything in our lives,” she says. “We always tried to incorporate a theme but often found it difficult to find exactly what we were looking for. To solve this problem, we usually just made it ourselves.”
After many years of providing custom-made cakes, cupcakes and treats for family and friends, O’Dea decided to extend this service to the community.
“We want everyone to be able to experience the special memories that are created with having a unique cake and party theme,” she says.
O’Dea says she was blessed to grow up in a family that owned a small restaurant business, so this helped her when it came time to take the leap to open her own business.
“This background taught me the daily operations of running a small business and the managerial side as well,” O’Dea says. “I have done everything from washing dishes to managing employees.”
Along with custom cakes, O’Dea and her team at Main Street Treats also offer decorated sugar cookies, cookie platters and sample treat platters. And if candy is more your thing, the store also offers a variety to purchase — everything from chocolate bars to gummy hamburgers and pizza.
“I enjoy working with our customers to create something unique for them,” she says.
For O’Dea, it’s not just about fulfilling orders but also about fulfilling her need to create something artistic.
“I love creating cakes and sugar cookies because it provides a way to create art,” she says.
O’Dea chose Carmel as the place to open Main Street Treats because the city reminded her of home back in Wilton, Connecticut.
“It felt very much like the town we raised our family in,” O’Dea says. “Carmel offered a lot of charm and everyone is so friendly. We were close to Indianapolis but could still enjoy shows, art galleries, nature walks, concerts and festivals in our own backyard.”
The dessert menu at Main Street Treats changes slightly daily, depending on what O’Dea decides to create that day. She likes to offer treats that coincide with upcoming holidays or events that are happening around town.
“We have a lot of fun trying to create treats for our retail shop that will represent these events,” O’Dea says. “And we love being able to celebrate Carmel.”
Main Street Treats is located at 216 W Main St. You can give them a call at 317-740-0204 or visit them online at mainstreetreats.com.