Kathy Fullerton grew up here, but her life has been punctuated with trips to the beach.
She spent a couple of years living in Hawaii, and she and her husband Kevin, who runs Springboard Creative on Johnson Drive, now have family living on both coasts, in California and South Carolina. Beach culture and the relaxed attitude of summer have always been an inspiration to her — including in the kitchen.
“I’ve been baking for a long time,” she said. “I started coming up with the recipes that were built around kind of tropical flavors. The goal was to keep it tropical, feeling nice and light.”
After 26 years working for Sprint, Fullerton decided in December 2015 it was time to pursue her dream of baking professionally. She spent a couple of months fine tuning a series of recipes, and in March 2016 held her first sale. A year later, The Beachery Island Baking’s tropically themed goods are popping up in northeast Johnson County and beyond.
“I was thrilled to be at Sprint for as long as I was, but I always knew in the back of my mind that I wanted to do this,” she said.
Fullerton sells cookies at Twisted Sisters on Johnson Drive, and had goods for sale at the Mission Farmers Market last season. She also arranges pop-up sales where she takes her elaborately layered chiffon cakes, uniquely flavored cookies and precisely crafted cupcakes to locations throughout the metro.
Much of her work at this point is focused on individual orders, with hosts and hostesses turning to her for special treats for events and parties. Some of the flavors are geared toward more mature palates, like the Victoria House rum cake and the mojito cake. Others are perfect for kids.
“We do a root beer float cake, which isn’t really beachy, but it is summery, and kids love it,” she said.