Our Story

Susan Goeckner is the face, hands and heart behind Ivy Lane. She was born just 20 minutes outside of Bloomington, in the small rural town of Heyworth, and discovered her love for baking at a young age.

The first thing Susan learned to bake was brownies, but her sister, Beth, stole the show. Soon, they were no longer just “brownies”…they were “Beth’s brownies.”

That’s when Susan decided she had to find an item she could bake so well that everyone insisted on putting HER name before it. That’s how “Susan’s sugar cookies” were born. It’s a recipe that she’s been perfecting for years. Today, she’s accomplished at making all sorts of baked goods.

In 2001, Susan married her husband John. They have two children, Lane and Ivy. The name Lane came from Susan’s maiden name and the name Ivy stemmed from Susan and John’s love for the Chicago Cubs.

The Goeckner family can spend hours at a time together in the kitchen, especially around Christmas time when thousands of cookies are made for friends and family. The thought of opening a public bakery has been brewing for years, but was just a dream…until now.

Susan’s hope is that her customers will feel a sense of warmth as soon as they walk in the bakery doors. She also wants her customers to be able to taste the quality ingredients and care that goes into her baked goods.