A new business in Williamston is baking up some food for philanthropic thought.
In Kind Bakery, 146 W. Grand River Ave., is the creation of longtime friends Kimberly Scott and Chu-Hsiang “Daisy” Chang, and their business model is a recipe for community success.
The business opened in February with a strict rule of no tipping. Instead, the owners ask patrons to consider making an in-kind donation to benefit local nonprofit organizations. Scott and Chang are also making donations of baked goods to charitable groups and donating unsold baked treats to the Williamston Food Bank.
“We recognize that opening a bakery during a pandemic may not be the best idea. We say it is the best worst idea,” Scott joked. “But we came across a bakery for lease in downtown Williamston that had nearly all the equipment we needed for our operation.”
Scott and Chang both find baking to be a stress reliever and love to feed their family and friends. The pair has been cooking and baking for friends and family for most of their 10-year friendship, and they finally took the next step to share their skills with the wider community — and to support the wider community.
“We are currently partnering with other local producers and serving as an outlet to sell their products,” said Scott. “We are looking for other local food producers to partner with. We plan to partner with a gluten-free baker in spring.”
Some of the local producers that they are working with are Sandy Ridge Farm for breads, Konstantin J. Zsigo from Park Lake Creamery for chocolates, Lilley House for honey, Gramsie’s Greetings for cards, Backwoods Grind Coffee Co. and artist Kally Ann Etchebarne.
“We offer classics and interesting creations for your inner foodie,” said Scott. “We have cinnamon rolls, individual cakes, muffins, pastries, croissants, classic cookies in addition to full coffee/espresso/tea service.”
The duo plan to eventually open for indoor seating when the time is right.
In Kind Bakery accepts preorders via email, phone or Facebook message the day before pickup. The menu can be found on the website of the business and on its Facebook page, though Scott and Chang are always adding off-menu items each week.
For more information on In Kind Bakery, visit inkindbakery.com.