'The Ivy Downtown' known for its sweet treats

Peggy Rickelman has been the baker at the Ivy Downtown for 12 years.

It's been a staple in Fort Madison. Now the 'Ivy Downtown' is under new ownership, continuing a local tradition of handmade desserts.

The Ivy Downtown has occupied the corner of 7th and Avenue G in Fort Madison for nearly 20 years. However, it's been home to locally owned businesses in Fort Madison dating all the way back to just after the Civil War. It was built in 1869 as a meat market. Then it operated as the Hesse Clothing Palace for nearly 100 years, selling men's suits and hats. Click here to learn more about the History of the Ivy's location.

But these days the old dressing room mirrors are used to highlight desserts at the 'Ivy Downtown.'

Peggy Rickelman has been the baker at the Ivy Downtown for 12 years.

"There are so many things in here that they reused during the renovations of the restaurant," said Rickelman. "People just love the ambiance here."

Rickelman says homemade is the name of the game at the 'Ivy Downtown,' as is the motto "Eat Dessert First." Click here to watch KHQA This Morning learn about strawberry pie and carmel apple tarts.

What are you the most well-known for?

"Our carmel apple tart for sure," said Rickelman. Click here to watch the creation of the carmel apple tart.

With desserts as it's focus, this restaurant has made it's mark in Fort Madison, hosting political figures as well as customers with a sweet tooth.

"A lot of people don't bake anymore," said Rickelman. "We want to make things the way grandma used to make them." Click here to watch the finishing touches of the Ivy's famous desserts.

The 'Ivy Downtown' originally began as the Ivy Bake Shoppe in 1992 by two local women. In the beginning the restaurant began as a "bake sale" type of business as one owner's home.