The Sackett Avenue business will open on March 10
| Kent Weekly
Kimberly Nader said baking was âmy zenâ.
âIf I’m having a bad day, I just go to the kitchen,â said Nader, a Ravenna resident who is expected to open a bakery called Kneaded breads and jams at 1300 Sackett Ave. at Cuyahoga Falls.
Petri will have a soft opening on Monday followed by the grand opening on Wednesday.
Nader said she had always had a passion for baking.
âNo matter where I’ve been in my life, the ups and downs, I’ve always had to bake,â Nader said. “& mldr;” It has always been something that I have really enjoyed. “
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She noted that she associates baked goods with celebrations such as birthdays.
âI don’t know a lot of people who get a baked product for a negative reason,â said Nader, who graduated from Ravenna High School.
She added that she “very much doubted” starting her own business for “a long time.” While working as a chef at A&W in Kent, she decided to try and become her own boss. Setting an example for her children – aged 14 and 12 – was a motivating factor.
âI have to show the kids that they can do more with their lives and that you can do whatever you want,â Nader said. “If you have a dream you should go. You shouldn’t just talk about it.”
Nader said she quit her job as a chef at A&W in November 2019, started saving money and started selling her baked goods at events in Northeast Ohio .
“Every time I’ve been there [to an event], I would sell myself, âNader said.
She also found a few places interested in selling some of her baked goods. Tree City in Kent sells Nader’s brownies and cinnamon buns, and Sub Stop in Newton Falls sells their brownies.
âIt’s been very helpful because it also gets the word out,â Nader said.
Cuyahoga Falls site “ a beautiful location ”
Nader said he saw an advertisement for the space on Facebook Marketplace. She visited the site, spoke with the landlord about the rental of the land and was selected from among several others who viewed the property.
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âIt’s such a nice place because I love the residential vibe,â Nader said. “& mldr; I see couples walking, holding hands & mldr; walking their dogs. Everyone is really nice.”
She added that she believes the Cuyahoga Falls area in which she will operate is a “very strong, well-rounded and tight-knit community.”
Another bakery called Oh So Sweet was previously located in the building, but Nader said she and her husband, John, changed their look thanks to a painting project. Oh So Sweet has moved to Chestnut Boulevard.
She added that she didn’t see herself competing with Oh So Sweet and other bakeries in town.
âI would love to meet and learn from the other owners,â Nader said. “They inspire me.”
Nader said her two children would help her and she said she wanted to promote a family atmosphere to her customers.
âI want them to feel like it’s a welcoming place,â Nader said.
Bakery to have unique offers
She said the bakery will offer unique items such as pies on a stick, over 40 flavors of jelly – including Dr. Pepper and Mountain Dew – and many varieties of breads such as sourdough, multi-grain and pumpernickel.
âI want to stand out as a different type of bakery,â Nader said.
An eclectic item on the menu is the sour sour bread, made from another type of bacteria other than yeast. Nader said the bread is an Appalachian settler bread that has a “distinct good flavor.”
There is currently no dining room, but Nader said if business goes well, she will expand into an adjacent space and have a dining room.
Due to COVID-19, there will only be six people allowed inside the store at a time. She plans to offer curbside pickup, but there will be no drive-thru. For now, Nader said it would only be her and her husband who would work in the store and added that she wanted to get a feel for the business before she started hiring.
Appreciating the help of the community
Noting that there is no instruction manual for starting a business, Nader observed, “you have to ask for help.”
She said she felt that people often did not achieve their dreams because they did not know how to go about achieving their aspirations.
âDon’t let the ‘I don’t know’ be an excuse for not following your dream,â Nader said. “& mldr; We’re only here for a short time. Don’t waste it saying ‘I don’t know’ because then one day you’ll be wondering ‘what if? “”
As she prepares to open the doors, Nader can’t wait to do what she loves. Considering all the work involved in opening a business, she said she didn’t have that much time to cook.
âI can’t wait to cook,â Nader said. “I love it. It’s not really a job for me.”
She added that she was “really grateful” to everyone who helped her through the many steps she took to open the business.
âI really couldn’t have done it without everyone,â Nader said.
PÃ©tri will be open Wednesday to Saturday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and by appointment on Monday and Tuesday.
The website address is https://kneaded-breads-and-confections.ueniweb.com/. The phone number is 330-310-4787.
Journalist Phil Keren can be reached at [email protected], or on Twitter at @keren_phil.