Who We Are
We are a social enterprise food manufacturing company committed to catalyzing wealth in south and west side communities in Chicago. We accomplish this through the manufacture and sale of baked goods to build a scalable company that will create ownership opportunities (by transferring ownership through an employee stock ownership program) and generational wealth for our employees. We currently provide all natural baked goods to clients ranging from local restaurants and cafes to national chains such as Whole Foods. We focus on hiring from what we consider the hardest hit communities, both geographically and by background (reentering citizens, formerly homeless, etc).
Recently our business has encountered several serious challenges that threaten our ability to move forward. You can read about them on our blog. If you are interested in helping, here are a variety of ways to support us during this time:
- Vote daily (through March 8th) to help us win a $50,000 grant in the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest. Search “Laine” here to vote: https://smallbusinessgrant.fedex.com/#/gallery
- Visit our retail location at One Eleven Food Hall, bring a friend, and make a purchase! This location is closing on February 29th.
- Contribute or share our fundraising campaign on Fundly
- Sign up for our newsletter to stay in the loop
What We Stand For
People. Planet. Profits. We believe in investing in our neighborhood, sourcing ingredients and packaging responsibly, hiring locally, and giving back to worthy causes. Our success comes from investing in our people, our local communities, and our planet. That’s true profit.
We take pride in being a family owned small business and we are equally proud to support other local and family/employee owned businesses, both as vendors and partners.
As we grow, we will continue to focus our recruiting efforts on the chronically unemployed community including those who were previously homeless, incarcerated, and others who may be looking for a second chance at a self-sustained life and career. We are partnering with Chicago organizations that help these individuals and provide them with job training and personal development programs.
Honest Ingredients. Our top priority in baking is to create outstanding flavor. To achieve that goal we make each creation from scratch using the best quality ingredients we can get our hands on! We pride ourselves on not hiding ingredients in your foods. We even have an entire line of all natural food colorings that we utilize for products such as our red velvet cheesecake brownies. We do typically use traditional food coloring to decorate our cookies but we can swap these out with all natural food coloring upon request!
Creativity. We take our craft seriously. We love making memorable, one-of-a-kind desserts for you to enjoy! Keep up with us on Facebook and Instagram to check out our latest creations!
Customer Service. We want you to have a great experience from initial contact to the time that you devour your treats. By choosing us, you give us an opportunity to deliver an unforgettable experience that we hope will make 'Laine's your go-to bakery for all your special events. Thanks for choosing ‘Laine’s Bake Shop!