Ashley Graham’s specialties are custom cakes, cupcakes, pies, tarts, muffins, brownies and cookies
Ashley Graham’s original plan was to open her In the Mix Bakery in downtown Louisville last October.
But as often happens with new businesses, there came an unexpected setback.
“We ran into some structural issues that we had to get taken care of,” Graham said. “I had a heck of a time finding a mason to come in and fix everything.”
The bakery’s opening was postponed until early 2020. And then the coronavirus turned everything upside down, requiring people to stay home and many businesses to close.
Undaunted and optimistic, Graham, 23, is opening her bakery this week, in a storefront at 234 E. Main St.
“Everything finally came together and it just happened to be now,” Graham said. “Birthdays are still happening. People still need their sweet treats while they are home.”
Beginning Monday, In the Mix will take advance orders for pickup later in the week.
“We’ll have a menu of what we have available on Facebook and Instagram and our website (IntheMixOhio.com). People can call or message us with their orders,” Graham said.
The bakery’s phone number is 330-871-0044. Pickup at the bakery will be available Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Full bakery operations will expand when coronavirus concerns change.
“Eventually we’ll have regular hours and full cases of stuff that people can just come in and buy,” Graham said. She and her mother, Donna Graham, will run the bakery together.
In the Mix is not a doughnuts and creamsticks kind of bakery. Instead, Graham’s specialties are custom cakes, cupcakes, pies, tarts, muffins, brownies and cookies.
“Chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin are some of my favorite cookies,” she said. “I do brownies with different toppings and mix-ins like Reese’s and s’mores. And fun kinds of cupcakes like lemon blueberry and chocolate peanut butter.”
Graham has gotten positive feedback about In the Mix. “A lot of people have said that a bakery is overdue in Lousiville,” she said. The only other brick-and-mortar bakeries in Louisville are at Giant Eagle and Dunkin Donuts..
Opening a bakery has been a longtime dream for Graham, a 2014 Tuslaw High School graduate who earned a degree in baking and pastries from Sullivan University in Louisville, Ky.
“Me and my mom were always baking and cooking when I was younger,” Graham said. “In high school I went through the culinary program at R.G. Drage (Career Technical Center). I loved it but I discovered more of a passion for the baking side of things.Then I got the opportunity to go to Sullivan.”
It was her boyfriend’s uncle, George Kiko, who told Graham about an available storefront in downtown Lousiville. Kiko is a partner in UnHitched Brewing Company, which neighbors In the Mix Bakery.
“(Kiko) said, ’We’d love you to put a bakery in Lousiville.’ I visited the place in June. It seemed like it was meant to be.”
Graham found the bakery’s ovens used on Craigslist. “We got them from a pizza roll company in Hartville that went out of business,” she said.
And so Graham is opening her dream bakery in an unlikely time for a new business.
“This is my first go at it. We’ll see how it goes,” she said. “One of my professors in college said, `If you don’t do it when you’re young, you’ll never do it.”
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