Village Baker becomes social hub

Like the yeast in their homemade bread, business is on the rise for Sara Rathbun and Oran Rankin. The husband-and-wife team opened the Village Baker at 617 E. Savidge St. in early July. Rathbun said they're now selling more than 200 scones a day. "We're having a lot of fun here and I think our customers are getting into it,' she said. "We never expected to be this busy - but it's a central, inexpensive meeting place for people. I think there's nothing more socially satisfying than breaking bread with friends.'
Marie Havenga
Sep 15, 2011


Lots of bread, brownies and baked goodies will be broken from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday during the Village Baker’s grand-opening celebration. It will feature free samples of baked goods, Michigan cheeses, organic milk, handmade granola, milk shakes and beverages.

Larger portions of select baked goods will be priced at $1 during the event.

“We want everyone to be able to afford to take something home or to gift,” Rathbun said.

Rankin has been baking bread since 1995. He owned Ed’s Breads on Leonard Street in Grand Rapids until 2003. His homemade granola — with rolled oats, cranberries, pecans, almonds, honey, maple syrup and extra virgin olive oil — has been a huge hit, according to Rathbun. The granola is served as a breakfast item, with 100-percent organic Michigan-made milk and fresh fruit.

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