This petition was created to show the support for 'Laine's Bake Shop's new retail location in Pullman at 756 East 111th Street. We are applying for the Neighborhood Opportunity Fund grant through the City of Chicago which will provide critically needed funds to bring this project to fruition. We need the help of community members and our fans, far and wide, to show the support that exists for 'Laine's Bake Shop- Pullman. Please share this petition with your family, friends, and neighborhood groups.
If you're not familiar with us, ‘Laine’s Bake Shop is a family operated artisan baking company with a social mission. We exist to bring people together through authentic, good food as a way to catalyze urban revitalization starting with the south side of Chicago. We accomplish this in 3 ways; through our Community Partner program, hiring from the hardest hit communities (geographically and by background), and sourcing from like minded suppliers. Our Community Partner program supports local non-profits that are doing measurable work to alleviate the root causes of the violence and crime that plague the south side of Chicago. Their work covers many areas, including economic justice, education, food access, and health care. Our customers can help support our Community Partners in a variety of ways, including by joining our Loyalty Program. Every Loyalty Program member can select which organization they want to support and a percentage of their proceeds is automatically donated to the organization.
We currently provide our products to retailers such as Whole Foods, Starbucks, and Amazon. We had a small grab and go retail area in our old production facility (a few miles from the Pullman retail location) but will loose that as we move to our new facility May 1st. Our customers have repeatedly asked us to bring a cafe style bakery experience and we plan to deliver that with this project. We are looking to bring a complete bakery retail experience to Pullman that will provide the community with a place to gather, host events, and enjoy scratch made and nutritious foods and beverages. In addition, we plan to partner with local businesses, to host healthy baking and cooking demos. We will also have a "Made in Pullman" gift shop/display area and several local treats for sale in addition to our products.
Our new landlords have graciously offered to provide a Tenant Improvement Allowance to complement the funds received from the NOF grant to allow us to bring this project to fruition. If we receive the grant, we plan to apply for permitting immediately so that we can begin our build out in August. We plan to open our doors in October of 2017!