Hello dear friends,
First of all, Happy New Year and hope your 2019 is starting off with a bang! From the moment we turned the calendar page over, we have hit the ground running towards our next big move. This will be the year we finally open our bakery cafe in downtown Rockford. The indoor market building on Madison St. has been under construction since the kickoff last spring and we are a few months away from taking over our spot in there. It's an enormous project and I take my hat off to all the people involved as they have been tirelessly working on restoring and beautifying the space for the community to enjoy.
I have never done this before...as it turns out, opening a bakery shop is a mountain of work and sometimes it feels overwhelming. Our current space is not a retail store; it's more of a production kitchen and so this whole new thing has come with a steep learning curve for me. Thank goodness I am surrounded by exceptional and knowledgeable people who are helping me through this process. My focus is on creating an amazing experience: for those who are visiting the cafe, for those who are enjoying our products, and for those who are working there. In making all this happen, there are so many factors to consider and, honestly, quite a bit of cost to bear.
For the last three years, we have met some amazing people through baking bread for all the farmer's markets, through our CSB program, and through our classes. All of you. We are hosting a Pizza Pop Up fundraiser on Friday, January 18th at our current kitchen space and you are all invited! All proceeds from the event will go to helping with build-out and construction of the bakery cafe. You have shown up for us wherever we were setting up, for whatever bread we had on hand, and however the weather turned out that day...and I really hope you will show up this time too because we can't do it without you.
Please help us spread the word by letting your family and friends know about the Pizza Pop Up! You can forward them this email or send them a direct link to our website. We have also created a Facebook event if that will make it easier for you to share the information. Thank you so much in advance and we can’t wait to see you there!