We are the Zitos. Christin and Zito… the man with one name. Together we run the Rock N Rollz Nashville (formerly The Z Bakery.)
For 21 years, Zito has worked in the entertainment industry as a production manager, facilitating some of the largest concerts around the globe for artists such as; Ariana Grande, Backstreet Boys, OneRepublic, Blink 182, Green Day, Sia, Tim McGraw + Faith Hill, Josh Groban and many more.
For 15 years, Christin has been a freelance hair+makeup artists handling red carpet, award shows and commercial shoots for A-level artists and celebrities.
So, what do you do when a global pandemic hits and you find yourself without any work in the foreseeable future? You start a bakery! Well, that really wasn’t the plan or exactly how it happened.
As Zito explains, “I was on tour when the pandemic hit. We loaded the semi’s after our show in Cleveland, not knowing it was likely my last show of the year. We had a day off in Chicago, next thing we know our bus was headed home and as subsequent weeks went on, all of my touring for the year was cancelled. One thing about touring 300+ days a year is that you don’t have much time for hobbies! So, with this new found time on my hands, I now had time to explore my other passions; cooking, gardening and baking. I started baking bread and selling it to the neighborhood.”
One weekend we decided to get creative with our sourdough starter and bake a cheat meal that didn’t exactly go in line with our diet. We decided to make sourdough cinnamon rolls… and damn were they good! Christin posted a photo in her personal instagram account and was flooded with comments; “those look amazing!,” “I want that,” “get in my belly!” So, we decided to bake some and sell them to our neighbors. That first day we sold 60. The next week we decided to sell again and had 80 orders. We freaked out, shut down the order form and went and bought more pyrex! The following week we had 120 orders… same freak out, same trip to buy more pyrex. That’s when we realized we had something special.
So, we continued to bake our rolls and sell them. Those first 60 rolls have now turned into selling over 1,200 rolls each weekend! We’re excited to continue to grow our cinnamon roll business and donate to MusiCares. Thank you for joining us on this journey it really means the world to us.