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Total loan: $15,000

Daniel

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Hermitage, TN, United States / Food

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Daniel's story

At the beginning of lockdown, in spring 2020, I was let go from the company that relocated me and my wife Tania to Nashville five years ago. In the first wave of the pandemic, with no employment opportunities, I taught myself to make Sourdough. Our dream was always to open a bakery later in life, but when the pandemic gave us the opportunity to get a jump on it, we did not hesitate. We purchased a commercial oven on eBay and transformed our garage into a makeshift commercial kitchen. We started our business by selling in our local community, delivering fresh bread and pastries to our neighbors and strangers alike. We expanded into farmers markets in June of 2020, and are now in our very first commercial kitchen space as of April of 2021. We now have six steady wholesale accounts in the greater nashville area, multiple farmers markets weekly, and are gearing up to open a full breakfast and coffee bar in a nearby hotel where we do all of our baking. With Tania resigning from her W-2 job this month, we are now full time bakers together. We have an immense amount of confidence in our product and our business model. It is clear from speaking to community members, a bakery like ours is most welcomed (and needed!) Our motivation comes from seeing our wonderful customers tell us how much they love our bread and scones. We bake to make others smile, which in-turn makes us smile! We are so excited about this next step, but we need your help to get there! We want to thank you for taking the time to learn a little bit about us and your consideration in helping us secure financing to grow our business.