Kelly Bishop's life is consumed by two things: making pastries and Madison.
Just after 5 a.m. at The Bakery on Main, Kelly presses balls of cookie dough flat onto a baking sheet while her brother, Paul, uses a fork to seal the edges of fruit-filled turnovers. After a couple of hours, right around the time the family's bakery opens for business, Madison, who's 16, needs to get to school.
"I sneak out for 45 minutes to an hour and I can take her," Kelly says.
Her daughter is a bright spot in a long day that includes the sometimes tense moments that come with working closely with family. Kelly grew up working at her family's restaurant in Morehead, but she didn't intend to stay in any food business. She wanted to be a nurse or something. But then there was Madison.
So she went to Louisville, got a culinary degree, and, in 2010, she, her brother and her mom started the bakery. Now, at 37, Kelly opens the store and Madison closes it.
"The first year and a half, two years, we were opening the bakery I would take her with me at 2 o'clock in the morning," she says, "and I'd have a bunch of pillows and blankets in the car and she would come in and put a couple of those arm chairs together and curl up and go to sleep until 5, 6 in the morning then get up and start getting ready for school."
Kelly feels tired trying to balance her life as a single mother while running a business. Madison is one of her most effective means of dealing with stress.
"We act like goofy goobers together," she says. "Her dad was kinda in the picture until she was about 3 or 4. It's just been me and her ever since."