The Unintentional Baker – Michele Bowling
When we first opened Fresh, I knew food would be a huge part of it. I was so excited however I am not a natural baker. I don’t follow directions and I am not a rule follower, but the adage “cooking is an art, baking is a science,” is true! You actually do have to follow a recipe to bake or it just doesn’t turn out right. I never envisioned myself doing this but as we’ve grown, I had to.
Even though it happened unintentionally, I have found myself really enjoying it.
A Family Affair
I never thought I’d make biscuits – that was my sister. I never thought I’d make scones – that was my brother. But here I am, making biscuits, scones, cakes and meringues. For me, it was all about mindset. I had to adapt an “I can and I will” mindset and that is what helped me become The Unintentional Baker.
I was raised around a lot of women who love to bake – my mom, my grandma, my aunts, and my sister; even my older brother loves to bake. We would go to my grandmother’s every Sunday and everyone would bring their best dish; so the hosting and entertaining part of this business came naturally to me. That along with my background in the hospitality industry fueled my idea of having a place that was a warm, comfortable and FRESH environment – that is unique to us.
Our Local Family
When you stop by our family owned and operated shop, you’ll see our slogan “Be Kind, Drink Coffee.” While you’re here, you can meet my son, Nathan, my husband, and sometimes, my sister. You can even meet our regular customers who have become more like family. Our employees have become our adopted extended family. We have past employees that still stop in – when in town – to visit us.
When we first began working on this space we would eat at Pat’s Place at least two times per week. I remember looking around that restaurant and I would see the same people there all the time. It made me think “man, I wonder if we’ll have that – regulars that come in everyday, that would be great.”
Now we do have regulars that come in everyday and it is great! My vision of “Drink Coffee Be Kind” has become a reality in historic downtown Bardstown Main Street.
Stop by and try out one of our pastries, a cup of coffee, or visit for lunch. Our lunch menu is posted daily to our social media channels and is always locally sourced and fresh.
Drink Coffee. Be Kind.
Location: 114 N 3rd Street Bardstown Kentucky 40004