While we both come from different backgrounds in terms of education and geography, we ended up at the same bakery in Western New York in early 2013. Prior to our meeting at The Village Bakery, Molly had grown up in a culinary family and always knew she would one day own a bakery. She went to culinary school and worked various positions in different bakery settings. I had grown up working in restaurants since the age of 14, but never considered a career in food. I went to art school and studied textile design in the south and never imagined owning a bakery, let alone living in New York.
Molly was the head pastry manager at a local bakery that specializes in cakes and pastries made from scratch. She hired me (Kate) as an assistant baker and we struck up a friendship. This was my first baking job and Molly was always working on interesting projects. While chatting one day, Molly mentioned that her dream one day would be to open a bakery of her own. I have always jumped in to all opportunities head first and encouraged her to just try. What did she have to lose?
Later that year, I quit the Village Bakery and we started to create desserts for friends and family on word of mouth. Soon, we were getting busier and busier, while still working full time jobs. We quickly realized we needed to work together, out of a commercial kitchen if this was to continue. After searching for a location, a friend of ours, who owns a local boutique told us that the retail space next to hers was opening up. While we weren’t sure if we were ready to take this leap into retail, we went ahead and looked anyway and signed a lease. After having a Kickstarter campaign successfully funded, we completely renovated the entire space, which had previously been a hair salon, into a 650 sq. ft kitchen and retail bakeshop. Finally in January of 2015, we opened and continued to work our other jobs. It didn’t take long before we realized that this was actually working and we needed to focus our sole attention on it. By March we were about to hire our first employee.
In January of 2018 we moved in to our current location which now offers sit down, eat in service and beverages and we now have 10 employees.