When Liza Minnelli needed 200 caramel apples for a recent benefit, she turned to local entrepreneur Paul Godleski of Carnegie’s own
The former UPS driver has launched a homegrown business with national appeal and an ethical bent. Located at 415 West Main St. in Carnegie, Applelicious features a 750-square-foot production facility, commercial kitchen, and150-square-foot storefront. The property also includes a second-story apartment.
After outgrowing his home-based operation, Godleski purchased the 100-year-old property and oversaw a complete renovation of its flood-damaged interiors. Godleski painted the building's interior and exterior, and installed new windows, drywall, a walk-in cooler, and chocolate machines. He’s already eyeing expansion. “I’m looking to add six hundred square feet in the back,” says Godleski, who is passionate about Carnegie. “It’s definitely in a revitalization. We’re close to the Parkway and I-79, and near the heart of anywhere—from Ohio to Monroeville.”
Applelicious concocts signature Granny Smith apples dipped in tasty toppings such as caramel, chocolate and cashews, white chocolate, and even Reese’s pieces. Its products are sold at regional markets, florists and craft fairs, to national, wholesale and corporate clients, and are a popular choice for wedding favors. “Seventy-percent of our business is for fundraisers—no matter how small or large the cause,” says Godleski, who also sells chocolate-dipped pretzels.
Why apples? “Years ago, my wife and I decided to do this after getting an apple as a gift from one of my customers. It was a cottage industry. We had a County-approved kitchen in our basement,” recalls Godleski. “Two years ago, we were turning business away. It grows one hundred percent per year, honestly. It’s a unique gift.”
Writer: Jennifer Baron
Source: Paul Godleski, AppleliciousPhotograph copyright Brian Cohen