His decadent bars and cakes are practically everywhere.
And now prolific plant-based baker Liam O’Leary, the creative force behind Wazzy Woo, has finally opened his very own shop overlooking one of the prettiest spots in Clonakilty.
Liam, who hails from Scotland, and his team have been supplying Cork cafés across the city and county with outrageously good vegan and gluten-free confections for years and now customers can visit the home of his famous peanut butter cups, oaties, and power balls on Asna Square.
“I set up Wazzy Woo a little under two years ago, supplying cafes around Cork with my plant-based treats.” Liam told Yay Cork.
“It was all a bit mental, to be honest, I was still working a full-time job, so I’d be straight into the kitchen as soon as I finished work, sleep for two or three hours and then back up to box and deliver everything before going back to work again! I think I aged about 10 years in the first 12 months.
“I was so hesitant to give up the security of my job but Wazzy Woo was just growing and growing and I couldn’t have one foot in and one foot out anymore, I had to just dive in.”
It was the right move:
“This year was just incredible, the response to the product has truly blown me away. I now have wholesale customers throughout Ireland, which I still find a bit mad!” said Liam.
The baker has collaborated with Owen Crudge from Crudge’s Barbershop to create a lively shared space where you can pick up a brew and a snack and catch up on your emails while waiting for your turn in the chair.
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“I was on the lookout for something suitable in Clon, and I mentioned it to Eoin when I was in getting a bazzer.” explains Liam.
“Crudge’s, an institution in Clon, occupies a beautiful old building with entrances on both Asna Square and Pearse Street. The ideas started flowing and after a few weeks, we came up with a plan to create a buzzy, bustling shared space.
“We’ve partitioned off the two spaces, and there’s a glass door through which you can access either shop. We’re so delighted with the end result, it’s been an absolute hive of activity this weekend with people passing from one shop to the other.”
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On the menu, you’ll find mince pie crumbles, unctuous raspberry brownies, mini donuts and weekly specials.
As well as his good-for-you baked goodies, Liam will also be offering healthy fresh juices and kefir. Naturally, coffee is by Stone Valley Roasters, a stone’s throw from the door over on Ashe Street.
“Soon we’ll be introducing our healthy breakfast pots – overnight oats, plant-based yogurt and granola and protein oats.” Liam revealed.
“… and once the weather starts to warm we’ll start our acai bowls.”
You can visit Wazzy Woo from Monday to Saturday, 7.30am-4.30pm or on Sundays from 9am to 3pm.
Take our advice and order extras to take home and enjoy all week.