Wentzville needs a bakeshop. So says Kimberly Walton, a recent graduate of Le Cordon Bleu who's struggling to bring her city something it's missing. After unexpected construction delays, Walton and her husband and business partner, Jared, turned to Kickstarter on the advice of a friend. They have thirteen days to reach their goal.
"We would love to be open by Thanksgiving, but that is a humungous goal," Walton tells Gut Check, "to make sure we get everything cleared through the health-department permits, definitely by Christmas."
Walton says it's the perfect opportunity for her to open a bakery now that she has graduated from culinary school and her kids are in middle school.
"They don't need me as much at home, and it's time to do something for me, time for me to help out financially," Walton says. She and her husband found the building for Kimberly's Bake Shop at 2 Pearce Boulevard in Wentzville in May and have been working to get it up and running. Unfortunately, they discovered under-the-floor drainage issues and had to have the floor ripped up to fix it.
After more money than expected was needed to fix the floor, the Waltons put their hope in Kickstarter as a viable option.
"If it doesn't get funded completely then we get nothing, so that's a really scary thing," she says. "We're really hoping for some community support and get Wentzville and the surrounding areas involved, because it is something that this town needs. There's no place to get homemade stuff."
Kimberly's Bake Shop will focus on pastries, specialty cakes, muffins, cookies, cupcakes and even wedding cakes. She also hopes to offer some gluten-free options once the bakery gets going, and maybe even something for people with severe peanut allergies, although that presents a whole other set of challenges.
"Eventually I want to move into breads. I've been practicing a little bit, but I really want to hire someone who has a passion for bread," Walton says, noting that her specialty is pastries. They even have family chickens which will be Kimberly's source of farm-fresh eggs. The interior will feature bright colors and vintage baking equipment as decor.
"I want you to come into the shop and feel happy because you're going to get something good to eat," she says.