Article In Akron Beacon Journal

Change Agent: Sweet tooth leads to sweet Buckeye Brownies business for Akron bodybuilder

Although he may not have realized it at the time, Zachary Buckeye's future would be determined by his mother's brownies.

Buckeye, 27, a 2012 graduate from Twinsburg High School, earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Akron in 2017. He worked at Turner Construction, designing buildings and supervising construction crews.

But after his 9-to-5 job, he would go home and bake brownies from 7 p.m. to midnight and get them ready for delivery.

"You are one decision away from completely changing your life," Buckeye said. "I was baking brownies and posting them on Facebook, and people were offering me money for them. Things went from there. I put my personal life on the backburner. If you want something to come true, you need to put in the time."

That time in the kitchen paid off. In July 2019, Buckeye left his engineering job and started Buckeye Brownies.


Two of Buckeye Brownies' year-round options are Mr. Buckeye, a peanut butter and chocolate brownie, and The Gift, a blondie with a frosted cupcake toaster pastry center