August 16, 2014

Call it a "Vacation"

Boise's Bakery has officially out grown our tiny kitchen. So we started stirring up plans to remodel.
We took a week long "vacation" to remodel the bakery to have a bigger more spacious kitchen and counter.
We had 1 week to tear down the old counter, and rebuild the new.

And so it began.

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As a small business, we want to support other small businesses whenever possible. We try to find as much recycled material as we can. Most of the wood for the facing of the counter is from old pallets, the glass and counter top in recycled from Second Chance. Our refrigerator is from the 1950's, most of our storage is vintage or slat board with shelves.
We also kept the same look and feel with the pallet wood, just added more space.

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So far it's been great!
We went from a miniscule 195 sq. ft. to a whopping 250 sq. ft.
The lack of space in our old kitchen taught me a lot of communication skills {when I say communication, I mean making sure to yell GET OUT OF THE WAY}. Because nobody likes smacking into each other and throwing a hot pan of cookies on the ground.

Finished and done!
Click this link to go see the difference between now and the Grand Opening in 2013.

As Bee Wise Goods and Boise's Bakery continue to thrive The Soda Works has had a huge difference in sales from last year to this year. A few large companies have been ordering a lot of the same type soda as us and selling them for wholesale {geez Albertsons what's with that?}. 
We have had to get rid of a lot of flavors that have been sitting on the shelves going nowhere.
Although we are now down to one shelf of soda {floor to ceiling} we kept the most popular. It may look sparce to those of you who have been in our shop in the beginning but we still have about 50 flavors.
Don't freak out when The Soda Works sign is gone and replaced with a Boise's Bakery sign. From now onward, Boise's Bakery with be offering the variety of soda drinks that will be unique and delicious. We're excited our business is growing and changing.
See you soon!

March 9, 2014

Our happy little shops...

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For those of you who don't know, we've changed Just Baked Boise to >> Boise's Bakery. Due to a few name complications with another bakery, but all is well now :).

I'm writing this blog post, not only because I haven't written one in about a month, :) but also because I want to tell you what we do, what we want to do and just to keep you up to date.
So here go's something! ;)

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Boise's Bakery has been very busy, as well as Bee Wise and The Soda Works. We are so blessed, and so thankful for all of Boise's support.
We had a few bakery orders throughout February.
We made mini Raspberry & Lime Fruit Tarts and Salted Caramel  Macarons for one of the Boise Art Museum's events. 
Also other things here and there. 

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What we do with our tips:
As our way to give back to the community, at the end of each month we give 75% of our tips collected to someone who our customers have nominated, someone {or family} who really need it. The other 25% goes toward my savings for Culinary School.

What we strive for as a small business:
We want to make a comfortable happy place to stop by, shop, and possibly get a unique snack or soda. We try to make our shops positive and unique, while at the same time treat you as our friend.

A bit of our future plans:
We are going to do the best we can to make our little business better and better each day, weather it's in a big way or in a small way. :) Somewhere in the unknown future we would also like to provide seating for those of you who want to sit and eat {or just hangout :)}. But that's all just an idea at the moment.

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Once again thank you to the people who support us and visit us often. 
Without you, none of this would be possible. Even though running the business is a huge part of everything we do, you are a huge part too. :)

Thank you!
- Head Red -

February 8, 2014

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December was crazy busy, but it was a great month. I still had a few photos I really liked, so I decided {even though it's February} I wanted to post them and share a few things about our December here in the crazy land of the Krakes.
All the shops were really busy. We had lots of fun as a family, but I must say it was sooo fast! In the blink of an eye December AND January were gone! I think I need to stop blinking... ;).

The critters {Pearl + Jack} tried their best to stay in the house. Except for the occasional tip-toe out to bark at the neighbors, protect their territory thing, regular dog stuff.
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Dear Snow,
Will you please stick around for some snowball fights and sledding? I promise you, it will be fun, pretty please?
We had a little bit of snow that came to visit us. My sister and I try to make the most of it {when it comes} because it usually doesn't stay long. 

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We went to a Food Truck Rally, which was delicious!
It was kind of hard to decide between the different food trucks.
After thinking and reading the menus, I decided to go with Archie's Place. I ate a delicious, completely scrumptious, mouth watering {and any other adjectives you can think of} Grilled Cheese Sandwich with a Corn Chowder on the side...

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While I worked on Christmas gifts I had two little buddies beside me snoring away.
This is where Jack really likes to be, NOT prancing in the snow. Pearl doesn't seem to mind the snow, but I can see why. She's 5 times as fuzzy. 
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Once again, thank you so much for coming by.
It really means a lot to me, I hope you have a great February!
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- Head Red -