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Bakery to expand

Marie Havenga • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:27 PM

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.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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