According to Lonnie and LeAnn Morgan, owners of Baker’s Pantry & Supply, 513 N. Telegraph Rd.
In anticipation of their busiest time of year, the husband and wife team ordered over 2,200 pounds of chocolate along with a variety of bakery flavors, especially anise and baker’s ammonia. , a main leavening agent used by bakers before the advent of baking soda and baking powder.
“We stocked up on cookie cutters for Christmas. We have over 420 of them,” Lonnie said. “We also stocked up on nuggets and sanding sugars for cookies and cakes. In fact, we have more nuggets and sugars than any store in Southeast Michigan and Toledo!
Cocoa bombs, homemade marshmallows, butterscotch apples, caramel-dipped pretzels and candy are high on customer favorites lists this holiday season.
Baked cupcakes are always popular because they are easy to bake and decorate, according to Lonnie.
“It’s easier to swirl frosting on a cupcake, especially for a beginner, than it is to make a cake smooth,” he said. “It’s also great fun decorating them! You can be very unique with each one and personalize them for the holidays. Not only that, but you can also make a “take apart” cake with them! Avoid having to slice a cake. Always clean and easy.
Before starting their business, Lonnie, 52, worked for General Motors and LeAnn, 51, worked for her mother, Monica Reisig, owner of Monica’s Baker Boy in Monroe. In 2019, Lonnie was fired and the couple started discussing what to do next.
“I was already tired of working under contract for automakers and just tired of writing technical repair manuals in general with the nine to five,” he said. “The day I got fired we started discussing what to do next. We both always wanted our own business. Seeing that LeAnn had 15 years of experience in her mother’s bakery, and I, in general, love baking and cooking, that was a bit of a no-brainer, I guess. We immediately started looking for a location.
On May 19, 2019, after two months of renovations, the Morgans opened their doors.
“When we first opened the doors, we started with around 1,000 unique items on our shelves. Today we have managed to collect over 4000 unique articles. My wife is fantastic in the organization, ”he said.
“We have everything you could possibly need for cake, cookies, chocolates, candies and more. If you are having a cake emergency and need a delicious cake right now, we have frozen unfrosted cakes, which you can frost with our homemade buttercream frosting with real butter.
The store’s inventory includes chocolate and candy molds, flavorings, spices, cake mixes, nuggets and sugars, as well as an assortment of cake molds, cake boxes, sugar flowers , decorating tips and edible images for cakes, cookies and cupcakes.
Over 400 cookie cutters adorn one of the store’s walls.
“We also make custom cakes and 3D printed cookie cutters,” Lonnie said. “We have the hard-to-find items that you won’t find in Hobby Lobby, Walmart or Meijer. “
He said shows like “Cupcake Wars” and “Holiday Baking Championship” were increasing business.
“We get a lot of home bakers, and people working from home under the Cottage Act, come after watching a show looking for specific supplies that they might have seen on one of the shows. . If we don’t have the supplies they need, we offer to order them, ”he added.
To the novice baker, Lonnie suggests starting with the right equipment.
“Just like with mechanical tools, you get what you pay for. You want a quality pan, something that can be used flawlessly over and over again. You want to get a good bakery style skillet, ”he said. “They’re thicker and more durable, which helps distribute heat more evenly, and they last longer. Much more durable than your thinner pans. It might cost a few dollars more, but in the end you’ll be glad you paid for it. They will last you a few lifetimes.
The Morgan’s follow social media and watch baking shows to stay on top of trends in the baking industry.
“If a customer comes in and asks for something, we do our best to get those products in. Our store is mainly filled with customer inquiries. We want to have what people want, not just what we think they will need, ”said Lonnie.
Future business goals for Southgate residents include expanding their product line, offering cookie and cake classes, and adding a kitchen so they can prepare sandwiches, soups and salads. .
However, giving back to the community is at the top of the list.
“We have a strong desire to help children and families, either directly or through our church. We take our faith in Jesus very seriously and helping others is a big part of it, ”he added. “We also distribute free Bibles at our doorstep, as well as daily devotions, videos, prayer guides. All free. We encourage everyone to pick up one who wants one.
Lisa Vidaurri Bowling is a contributor to The Monroe News.
Essential ingredients for baking
Lonnie and LeAnn Morgan, owners of Baker’s Pantry & Supply, suggest stocking your pantry with essential baking ingredients:
Baking powder and baking soda – This is the perfect time to check the expiration dates and, if necessary, replace them
Butter – Keep an extra pound or two in the freezer for backup
Chocolate – Fill up on dark, milk and white chocolate chips
Cocoa powder – Any leftover cocoa powder can be used to make hot chocolate
Extracts and Emulsions – Invest in good quality vanilla, but consider other flavors like almond, anise and peppermint. Keep in mind that emulsions
Flour – Store in the freezer to keep it fresh
Kitchen packaging – Keep a supply of parchment paper, waxed paper and foil for easy baking, cleaning and storage
Sugar – White, brown and confectioners will be useful
Baker’s pantry and supplies
Site: 513 N. Telegraph Rd.
The owners: Lonnie and LeAnn Morgan from Southgate
Company started: 2019
Services: Carries a wide variety of baked goods including chocolate and candy molds, flavors, flour, spices, cake mixes, chips and sugars. The inventory includes cake molds, cake boxes and over 400 cookie cutters. Edible images for cakes, cookies and cupcakes are also available.
Hours: from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday; Closed Sunday and Monday
E-mail: [email protected]