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Baker, fitness coach brings barbecue, baked goods to Highway 212 location in Boring.

PMG PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - Kaylie Klitzing opened Keeks Cafe in the space that formerly housed Heaven Scent Baked Goods in downtown Boring in May 2021. Though Keeks Café in downtown Boring has been open under Kaylie Klitzing's management since May 1, the fitness coach and cookie connoisseur will host a grand opening sale on Saturday, July 3.

The building that is now Keeks Café, 28104 S.E. Highway 212 — named for a nickname given to Klitzing by family — previously held Heaven Scent Baked Goods owned by Kelly Schewbert.

Klitzing said she has "always thought about having my own coffee shop and bakery," but when she heard about Schewbert's intention to sell, that idea became reality really quickly.

"I asked about it and bought the shop two days later," Klitzing explains. "It just felt right."

Klitzing has changed the atmosphere of the cozy cafe space, making it the kind of coffee shop she said she'd like to go to.

"I like going to different little coffee spots," she explains. "(Keeks is) that place for me to make that atmosphere I always like to visit and a place for me to bake. So far, people are loving the space. It's fun and new and exciting. It's bubbly like myself. And so far, everybody's loving the treats (and) enjoying the variety."

Klitzing has been baking since 2018 and turned her pastime into a business in 2019 with Keeks Treats.

"I'm very much an extremist," Klitzing said. "I like to be good at things. And I like to turn the things I like to do into businesses."

This is why the exercise enthusiast also owns a gym and works as a personal trainer.

"Some people tell me 'I wouldn't want my hobby to feel like a job,'" she explains. "Why wouldn't you want to do what you love? If I ever get into that place, I remind myself that 'I don't have to do this. I get to do this. I get to wake up every day and bake people cookies.' And I have to take time off to (maintain that)."

Another way Klitzing makes her business feel less like work is by giving back with Cookies for a Cause. In the past few years, Klitzing has donated proceeds of her treats sales to nonprofit efforts, such as Stand Up To Cancer, Kicking Cancer and more.

"I had a hard time finding a purpose behind my baking," Klitzing explains, adding that people have been confused that a fitness coach would sell cookies. She said she wondered herself at one point if her baking business was countering her gym business, but then decided that life is about moderation and her cookies do bring smiles to people's faces. "It's more than just a cookie."

In her first two months of business, Klitzing has made Keeks a popular destination to get barbecue for lunch and baked goods for dessert in Boring.

Some of her most popular items, Klitzing said, are her Oreo cheesecake cookies, chocolate chip with sea salt cookies and pulled pork sandwiches.

Keeks Café hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.

Keeks treats are also available by custom order for shipping elsewhere.

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