Cake Rack Bakery to Open in Mainstrasse Village
A customer at Jeannette Werle's Cake Rack Bakery location inside Findlay Market in Cincinnati continuously begged the baker to open a location in Northern Kentucky.
"He said, why don't you look in Kentucky? Bellevue, Covington," Werle said. "I said, where's that? Kentucky? I thought it was half way across the world because I'm coming from Dayton (Ohio)."
But during the long search to add a storefront to accompany her popular Findlay Market location, Werle was led to Main Street in Covington's Mainstrasse Village and it was love at first sight for the Nicaragua-born chef.
"I came from another country and lived on a street like this where all the buildings are close together and I always wanted to have a neighborhood bakery," Werle said. "I automatically fell in love with the area. The people were so friendly."
"One regret is that the place is small and there is no seating for the people. Maybe that will be something in the future."
The people will come, that's one thing Werle is certain of. A professional chef for more than two decades that studied at the top institutions in America and others around the world, Werle commutes from Dayton, Ohio to mnake the goods at Cake Rack. "We specialize in gourmet desserts, cakes, tarts, cookies, breads, a little bit of everything," she said.
"We have a whole line of croissants," Werle added, pointing out ham & cheese, multigrain, chocolate, and other flavors. She also features creme tarts with custard made from scratch.
An early-to-open bakery with warm croissants, pastries, and hot coffee has been absent on Main Street for a couple of years. That changes later this week when Cake Rack Bakery officially opens for business. Cake Rack will maintain hours of Tuesday through Saturday, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The space formerly housed a baseball card shop and more recently, DJ's Sandwich Shop. Werle worked over the summer months to make the space right for her, with the largest challenge being the transportation, delivery, and assembly of the nearly 2,000-pound French oven.
Now with that complete, it's back to baking and working with her six employees. Werle has operated Cake Rack at Findlay Market since 2008 where she has accumulated a large following of fans. "I was wondering why I was getting those people and I was told, there was nothing like me over here," she said. "The growth I had there forced me to expand because I couldn't produce it by myself." She expects to add possibly two more bakers next year.
"I fell in love with Findlay Market just as I fell in love with Covington, Kentucky," she said. "It's a very cozy, very friendly town. It reminds me a little bit of New York or Montreal with the old French corridor, to have different foods, great food, and now we'll have great desserts."
Website: Cake Rack Bakery
Story & photos by Michael Monks, editor & publisher of The River City News