The popular spot for gluten-free baked goods Bake Me Happy has found a new home, and in a particuarly unique location.
According to co-owner Letha Pugh, Bake Me Happy will be moving to 500 E. Whittier Ave., a building that served as a former USPS post office until the spring of 2019. Pugh said the business plans to begin moving into the new 4,000 square foot space in late June or early July.
“We do have to be strategic; we want to use the lull in business that usually comes right after the Fourth of July,” she said. “We’ll get everybody and everything moved over and there will be a testing period of equipment, since we’re ordering new rack ovens and all of that.”
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Bake Me Happy may close for a roughly two-week period this summer to transition into the new space.
Pugh said that when talks about Bake Me Happy purchasing their current building at 106 E. Moler Ave. fell through with the new landlords of the space, she and co-owner Wendy Miller-Pugh made the decision to find a new home for the gluten-free bakery.
“We were asking ourselves if we really wanted to continue paying someone else’s property taxes,” Pugh said. “We had been good stewards of our funds as well, so we had the money for a down payment on a new building, we had everything else ready to go.”
The new location is less than a mile from their current space, and Pugh said it was important that Bake Me Happy stay along the Parsons corridor.
“We’ve been in the area since 2014. I remember seven years ago people were just starting to discuss what the Parsons corridor could possibly be,” she said. “The South Side in general just really embraced us; it was an integral part in making sure we were successful.”
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