Longtime cake decorator a lovable staple at Lower Burrell’s Community Supermarket
Editor’s note: Building the Valley tells stories of businesses big and small and the employees who make them special. If you know of any standout employees, bosses or companies with a great story to tell, contact reporter Madasyn Czebiniak at [email protected]
Brandy Tresco was studying to be a medical assistant at Career Training Academy when she discovered she couldn’t stand the sight of blood.
Icing is a whole other story.
“I make 100 pounds of icing every morning,” Tresco said.
Tresco, 44, of West Leechburg has worked at Community Supermarket in Lower Burrell for nearly 30 years, making her one of its longest-tenured employees. For about two decades, she has been a cake decorator at the store.
Tresco never thought she’d work at the store for that long. When she started as a cashier in 1992, the store was a Shop ’n Save. George Thimons took it over and turned it into a Community Supermarket in 2001.
“It was supposed to be until I finished school,” Tresco said. “I never left.”
Tresco fell into cake decorating by chance. While at the supermarket to buy icing for her daughter’s birthday cakes, she was told they needed a cake decorator and was asked if she’d be interested.
“That’s how it started,” she said.
Tresco is a self-taught cake decorator with 21 years of experience. She does cakes for holidays, bridal showers, graduations, birthdays and even weddings.
“Customers love her,” store manager Chad Patterson said.
Bakery manager Nello Dreon said Tresco goes above and beyond for customers. Some cake decorators will only put flowers on cakes, he said. Not Tresco.
“If she can do something, she’ll do it. No matter what they ask,” he said.
Well, not everything. She’s turned down inappropriate requests, like swearing.
“We can’t do that,” she said with a laugh.
Tresco shares pictures of her designs on her Facebook page. She said she especially likes holidays like Christmas and Easter because she can be more creative on the cakes.
“It’s kind of a challenge once in a while. People will bring in Pinterest pictures and ask me if I can do them,” she said.
Tresco decorates anywhere from 20 to 30 desserts each weekday and up to 40 to 50 on both Saturday and Sunday. Those include cakes, cookies, brownies and cupcakes. Recently, a woman lauded her for her talents on Community Supermarket’s Facebook page.
“It makes me feel good. I’ve made someone’s day,” Tresco said.
The store has done more for Tresco then provide a paycheck. It also has shaped her personal life. She met her husband while working there. They have two children. Both children also worked at the store.
“I’m comfortable here. I don’t like change,” Tresco said.
Tresco’s husband, Bruno Tresco, is another longtime employee. He started in 1991 as a bagger in Lower Burrell. Now, he’s general manager of Community Supermarket’s store in Harrison. Both stores were Shop ’n Saves before Thimons took over.
Both Trescos take pride in their work.
“When you’re in a place that long, even though the store doesn’t belong to us, you almost feel like it’s your business,” Bruno Tresco said. “The store pays all of our bills. It’s our livelihood. It’s why we both care so much.”
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to state the correct number of desserts Brandy Tresco decorates each day.
Madasyn Czebiniak is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Madasyn at 724-226-4702, [email protected] or via Twitter .