Archive for Thursday, April 1, 2004

Baldwin to soon be home to bakery

April 1, 2004

Baking has been a part of Karen Bayer's life for as long as she can remember.

"In my family, there is a tradition of baking," she said. "Every Sunday, there were pies, cobblers, homemade breads. I grew up with that."

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The Baldwin resident, who has been baking since the age of seven, wants the homemade breads and deserts she grew up with to be available to others. This month, Bayer, along with her husband, son and daughter, will open Baldwin City Baking Co., a full service retail and wholesale bakery.

She said the new bakery, which will be at 215 N. Sixth St., Suite B., just north of C. Designs Floral and Garden, will offer a variety of breads, muffins, cookies, pastries and desserts, as well as juice, milk and coffee, for carryout only. Bayer said it is not a sit-in bakery.

She said specialty items will be offered, but will change daily as the bakery learns what's popular with its customers.

"We'll try to offer a large variety to get a feel for what customers want," she said. "We'll have the standards available, but we might have turtle cheesecake one day and peach cobbler the next."

She said the bakery will also offer catering, and will specialize in cakes for special events such as birthdays, weddings and graduations.

The bakery will also house a dining room, Bayer said, in which small groups can reserve for dinners, lunches, meetings and teas.

Bayer's daughter, Kristen Kinsch, who will soon be a massage therapist, will also use one of the rooms in the bakery as a massage studio.

Bayer said the bakery will open its wholesale business April 20. She said she's already accepting orders for cakes, and has reservations through October.

She said the walk-in, retail part of the bakery will open May 1.

The bakery will be open from Wednesday through Sunday. Bayer said hours have yet to be determined, but she plans to have the bakery open at 6 a.m. each day.

Bayer, who has been planning the bakery since 2001, said she's anxious to open and bring something new to Baldwin.

"One reason my husband and I wanted to locate in Baldwin was the feel of the community," she said. "We wanted to contribute to that. It's already a unique community, and we wanted to add to that."

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