Bakery to expand

With business on the rise, a Spring Lake bakery is expanding its current location and opening a new retail store on the other side of the drawbridge.
Marie Havenga
Apr 12, 2013


Oran and Sara Rathbun, owners of the Village Baker, 617 E. Savidge St., plan to open a second location at 107 Washington Ave. in downtown Grand Haven on May 25.

The new store will be called the Baker's Wife. It will feature upscale boxed lunches and retail items such as breads, homemade croutons, granola, coffees and baskets.

“It's a different format and a smaller version of the Village Baker,” Sara Rathbun said. “Everything will be already made and ready to go.”

Rathbun said she hopes to attract the beach, boardwalk and boating crowds with gourmet food to go at the Grand Haven shop. A typical boxed lunch would include a cranberry tuna sandwich or turkey bacon club sandwich with chips, fruit and dessert, all homemade at the Spring Lake location. Salads and breakfast items will also be available for takeout.

Rathbun said she hopes to get approval from the city for sidewalk dining. They already plan to have an outdoor dining area on the north side of the building, which most recently housed Just Dogs.

But the new location isn't the only expansion brewing for Village Baker. Rathbun said they plan to nearly double their seating by adding tables in the space currently occupied by the adjacent On the Path Yoga.

The yoga studio will reopen in larger space at the East Village strip mall on May 28, according to studio owner Sandy Parker.

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Yay! Congrats Village Baker!


This is a GREAT story. It is interesting that a few years ago (probably almost 20) there was wide spread talk about the death of the independent bakery. I remember being sad to see Braak's go out. I know this is a different type of operation, but it is GREAT to see this. Congratulations on your growth and expansion.


I frequent the Village Bakery regularly; fantastic place. My wife and I keep commenting that we wish they would take over the entire building, half housed by the yoga studio; what a great win for all of us Village Folk. I am also very happy to see that they will add an additional location, for our enjoyment, in Grand Haven. What a great place it will be to stop for home baked treat while shopping downtown.
We appreciate your expertise and professionalism; well done.


Christopher, I meant to comment on your comment. Back in the day when Braak's was a weekly stop for my parents, us kids could not wait to get there. Always a line, take a number, and the smells, ah the smells...


Absolutely wonderful news!!!


I think it is wonderful that they are expanding. That way if I want to I can stop on my way hope from work either in Grand Haven or in Spring Lake after Yoga with Sandy. I love there food and especially there homemade 100% whole wheat bread I buy all of the time. I thank you for coming to Spring Lake cause now I am eating healthier than ever now.

Angel Lego


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