MARINETTE – A new bakery is now filling the hole, and building, of the former Kamin’s bakery, which closed about two years ago.
Local businessperson Michele Mills opened Bake and Brew, a bakery offering all kinds of fresh pastries, three weeks ago to overwhelming community support and excitement.
“I loved Kamin’s and like many people I was heartbroken when it closed, so I decided to buy the building and opening the place as a bakery again,” Mills said.
And while Mills is not a baker herself, she said that, “I’m happy to run the business side of things and let the bakers and artists do their work. They’ve put a lot of work into the business.”
Bake and Brew is not Mills' first venture into business ownership. Some 18 years ago, Mills ran a small café in a mall in Minnesota. Mills enjoyed running the business so much that when Kamin’s old building went up for sale, Mills decided to purchase it.
Mills explain the process, saying, “Initially, I was going to find someone to lease the building to and help them start the business, but turns out I am too much of a control freak to let someone else be in charge, so I decided to open the place myself.”
The bakery sells a wide variety of donuts and pastries, along with bagels, cinnamon rolls, short cake, pumpkin bars and every kind of donut you could want or dream of. Moreover, while most pastries will be bakery staples, Mills said that new creations would always be showing up.
“Our baker, Terri Lynn, is very creative. She’s constantly creating brand new pastries and ideas, our menu is definitely going to be in rotation,” Mills said.
And while the shop is open, it is still lacking a few items. “At this time we are a cash-only business, but we are in the process of getting a credit card machine,” Mills said.
When asked how business has been since they opened, Mills said, “We’ve had a steady stream of customers since opening, everyone has been really positive.”
Bake and Brew has seen a large influx of customers in the week with some visiting multiple times a day.
Mills says that she is amazed with the community’s response and hopes to continue the trend in the future.