Addie Schivell ‘26 has shown entrepreneurship from a young age with the founding of her business Addie’s Bake Shoppe. She began her venture at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 when asked if she could bake a cake for a friend. For Schivell, baking became a creative outlet while in quarantine. During the lockdown, Schivell graciously donated 150 cupcakes to first responders whose jobs were still essential during the pandemic. She said, “It started just for fun by helping a friend out, but little did I know what it would become.”
After baked goods, Schivell began to add other elements to her business. She looked to Instagram and Facebook in hopes of growing Addie’s Bake Shoppe. Social media has become a major asset to her proprietorship, as it has helped to spread the word about her business, especially throughout the pandemic, a time when social media was a major outlet for small businesses. Over the past three years, Addie’s Bake Shoppe has grown immensely.
Schivell recently hosted a pop-up sale at The Baker’s Grove in Shrewsbury and has more in the works. At her pop-up, Schivell sold her remarkable creations of apple pie cupcakes, pumpkin spice cupcakes, salted caramel bacon cupcakes, and brown-butter-salted chocolate chip cookies, which were all a big hit!
Prior to her pop-up, Schivell worked with Matt, the owner of Baker’s Grove, by making samples of each item for Matt to try. The pop-up sale was official the second Matt tasted her creations. Schivell spent two days preparing for the sale and was open for three and a half hours. She was sold out by the end of the pop-up. Many friends and family visited Schivell on her big day. At the end of the pop-up sale, Matt invited Schivell back for another pop-up, which she happily plans to participate in.
Schivell utilized her baking expertise to contribute to the Trinity Hall community as well. During her freshman year, Schivell baked Trinity Hall-themed cookies for the dedicated Trinity Hall faculty to enjoy for Teacher Appreciation Week. During the holiday season, she bakes Christmas cookies to sell to the public and donates half of the profits to the Alzheimer's Association, an organization close to her heart. This past year, Schivell donated over $1,000 to the charity.
When asked about her aspirations for her small business, Schivell said, “I want to keep my bake shoppe going for as long as possible. I could do this for the rest of my life!”
Schivell plans to open a permanent bakery and franchise her business. Addie Schivell’s dedication and determination have made her a successful young entrepreneur with a promising future.