GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- In the early morning hours in Leelanau County, the staff of Third Coast Bakery is hard at work.
“This is our kitchen," owner Heather Burson said while showing off her current 700 square foot space. "Right now, Third Coast Bakery is located on a farm north of Suttons Bay.”
Burson is one of just four employees that make up Third Coast Bakery, which uses the small space on a farm to service 36 accounts ranging from coffee shops to grocery stores.
“We’re doing it with a staff of four people and two ovens," Burson said. "So we’re pretty tight and shoehorned in here.”
Burson first started experimenting with alternate recipes using vegan, gluten free and allergen free ingredients in 2011. As demand for her unique baked goods grew among friends, Burson turned her niche into a business in 2013, and it’s been growing ever since.
“At this point, we feel very fortunate and lucky because people keep coming to us," said Burson. "So it’s grown very quickly. Much quicker than we could’ve ever anticipated.”
But at just around 700 square feet, this space just simply isn't cutting it, so this Spring, they’ll be moving into this 2,000 square foot facility with their own store front.
"Customers will be able to walk in a door and be in an allergen free environment where they can sit and relax and have a cup of coffee," Burson said. "Have a hot chocolate, have a cookie and not have to worry about any health reactions.”
On top of the expanded production in the back, the store front will feature an assortment of baked goods, a cake decorating room and an allergen free coffee bar, giving customers quality products and peace of mind.
“Our customers have to think about every bite they put in their mouth. so we want to make sure it’s delicious and an extraordinary experience and a place where they feel they can walk in the door with absolute piece of mind,” said Burson.
With the bigger space, third coast will also be adding more employees. They hope to have the new kitchen ready to go by February and hope to have the store ready by April.
Right now they are running a kickstarter campaign to help fund the project. You can find a link to the project HERE.