Paper Moon Pastries opens in Cortland

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CORTLAND, Neb. (KOLN) – A retro-themed bakery opened this morning in a small town outside Lincoln that the community was eager to enter.

It’s the grand opening of Paper Moon Pastries in Cortland, and when it opened at 7am, there was a line outside the door.

Cortland is a few miles south of Lincoln, it’s a town of less than 600 people. There aren’t many places to go or things to do, so one woman decided to open a bakery, Paper Moon Pastries. It is named after one of the owner’s favorite movies.

“There’s a restaurant scene in there that I really love, so that’s where I got some of the aesthetic inspiration,” said bakery owner Lindsey Oelling.

The bakery serves homemade cinnamon rolls, kolaches, cookies, and even gluten-free options. She’s been making these treats for years.

“My grandma taught me how to do this when I was really little, and it’s something we did growing up with her, so it’s the main batter in most recipes,” said Oelling.

Pastry is a one-woman show. She makes everything from scratch, but she has the support of her family in other areas of the kitchen.

“My boyfriend does the dishes, my mom and dad help serve, my sister runs the cash register, my best friend makes the coffee,” Oelling said.

The community was just as supportive as her family, offering to build shelves, plant flowers and wash dishes. Even though she’s only lived in Cortland for six years, everyone came to see the new bakery.

“Small communities can be so supportive, and especially when I found out that Cortland has like…the average age is 35 and I’m 31,” Oelling said. “So I’m like I don’t even know half the city, there’s nowhere to go to meet people, so I thought it would be pretty cool to have something here.”

For now, the bakery is only open on Saturdays, but if things continue like this, she hopes to be able to keep it open full time.

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