It started around seven years ago as a kind of hobby.
When her small homemade desserts began to become popular, Debbie Rosier started baking cakes for friends and family members.
It wasn't long before Rosier thought about taking her passion to an even different level.
"We joked for a long time that we'd like to have a little cupcake shop," she said.
Rosier finally decided to take that next step. She left the clerk's job she had held at Berkshire Probate Court for 15 years, and opened Sugar To Go, a small bakery, at 219 Elm St.
"I needed a change," she said.
There's actually a little more to it than that.
"I just recently became a five-year breast cancer survivor," Rosier, 42, said. "I didn't want to live anymore afraid to do something because what if something happens to me.
"Life is short," she said. "You need to do what makes you happy. You need to take chances."
Rosier, who is the bakery's lone employee, decided to take a chance on a building located on the corner of Elm and Newell streets. It became vacant earlier this year when the previous tenant, who sold thermal windows, moved to a new location in Pittsfield.
Rosier lives in the neighborhood, so she had been eyeing that property before it became available. She likes the location, too, because the building has big open windows, and is located on an area of Elm Street that has a fair amount of foot traffic. But it's also located within walking distance of a coffee shop/eatery, a chocolate shop, and a small business that sells cheesecakes.
She said she's not worried about the competition, because two of those places also have extensive lunch menus, a service that Sugar To Go does not offer.
"My focus is more on individual- size desserts," said Rosier, who sells individual slices of cake. "Instead of being committed to buying a full cake or a full cheesecake we like the idea of the grab-and-go."
Besides slices of cake, Sugar to Go also sells a variety of homemade baked goods including muffins, cupcakes, cinnamon rolls, apple turnovers, French toast pockets, cannolis, cheesecakes, pies and coffee. Small items are priced between $1.79 and $2. Full cakes can go for as much as $39.99.
She financed her venture with an $18,000 loan from the Pittsfield Cooperative Bank. It took around $ 20,000 to $25,000 for Rosier convert the former thermal-window store into a small bakery, but she also received plenty of help from friends and family.
"We did a lot of the sweat equity ourselves," she said.
Sugar to Go is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. It is closed Sunday.