|Sign by Christine's Mosaics!|
We anticipated starting our very first brick and mortar business would be challenging, and we've had our fair share of hurdles to leap over - the first of which was finding a kitchen in Albany to rent at an affordable rate, (we're extremely lucky it came with an attractive retail space). Making it through the winter with that additional overhead and less income has forced us to be creative & scrupulous. We found furniture through Craigslist, bartered to get a bread rack built, found some retail partners, scraped together just enough to pay for permits, equipment and paint. Navigating the permit process was daunting, but here we are at the last stages before opening and we're anxious to complete these ever-loving last steps so we can greet you all face to face on a regular basis! We owe a big thanks to our 49 Community Supported Bakery families and all of you other fans & customers who have cheered us on all winter. Without your support and encouragement, we would not have made it this far.
- In an effort to reduce Albany’s carbon footprint, anyone who arrives at the shop without a car will be offered a 10% discount off his or her purchase.
- Fair-trade, organic regular coffee will be served for $1.00; however, no paper cups will be used in our establishment to help reduce neighborhood and local landfill trash. A few mugs will be provided in-house, but we encourage you to “Bring Your Own Cup for a Buck”! Meadowbrook cream and whole milk, as well as WestSoy unsweetened organic Soymilk and Wholesome Sweeteners organic fair-trade raw sugar will be available.
- Loaves will be wrapped in parchment instead of plastic, and handmade bread bags will be sold for a nominal price within a few weeks of opening.
- We are partnering with local business, County Waste, for our waste management; we plan to recycle as much as possible to reduce landfill trash. County Waste provides single stream recycling services at the Port of Albany.
- Leftover bakery items will be donated to Albany Catholic Charities’ Mercy House Womens Shelter and Refugee Resettlement Program. 28 loaves have been sponsored so far by Community Supported Bakery shareholders, with at least 24 more expected by the end of April.
- In an effort to give other small, local producers a commercial space to prepare their wares, we began sharing our kitchen in November 2010 with Alessandro Gerbini (“Gatherer’s Granola”, www.gatherersgranola.com ). A variety of Gatherer’s Granola will be available at the shop. We will continue to support other small local producers with affordable, short-term kitchen rental, and have a few prospects for this in the works.
- We plan to work with other Pine Hills small business owners, residents and students to help make the area a more pleasant place to live. This will be an ongoing effort, we'll report to you as partnerships arise. We already are forming relationships with Tom Genovese at The Sunspot Cafe and Anton Pasquill at Hudson River Coffee House.
- The Heldeberg Market (www.heldebergmarket.com), Albany’s online Farmers Market
- Organica (http://www.organicanewyork.com/), Albany’s Organic Garden Supply and Local Foods Shop, 296 Delaware Ave.
- Saturday Delmar Farmers Market, (http://www.delmarmarket.org/), June through December, Bethlehem Middle School, 332 Kenwood Ave.,