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Ki Ki's Bakeshop Has Old Favorites And New Ones As Well

By S. Mathur

Kirsten Bradford, baker and owner of Ki Ki's Bakeshop in Watkinsville, GA, has been baking for over 20 years. Three years ago, she saw a chance to open her own bakeshop, when The Granary, a local favorite, was offered for sale. The new bakeshop has kept all the old menu items, and added a few new ones.

"I was missing out on time with my family and I was very worried about that," Bradford said. "I remember sitting at my desk and wondering if it was time for me to branch out and open my own bakery. A place where I could have my family come in and visit me and I could teach them how to bake."

The Granary was known for its baked goods and also as a good place to shop for baking ingredients. Bradford has maintained that, with cibatta and loaf breads all week and bagels and French bread on weekends. She has added more baked goods like lemon bars, pies and cakes.

In fact, pies are Bradford's favorite, though she loves baking all kinds of things.

"I initially wanted to open a pie shop, but then I thought it would be better to open a bake shop, that way I could offer more items including pies," she said. "I also really enjoy making breads, cookies, scones, and individual restaurant style desserts such as creme brulee and souffles! I love offering freshly baked from scratch pastries and desserts."

The shop even has special pumpkin and bacon dog treats. Naturally, it is pet friendly and also family friendly. Bradford has also added lunchtime sandwiches and pita chips to the menu. There is a catering service as well, with an easy to use menu. The catering menu accommodates individual dietary preferences and needs.

"We keep it fresh, seasonal and try to keep things affordable," Bradford said. "We have baked a lot of gluten free cakes and pies! We are also a peanut free bakery in order to give people who are allergic to peanuts peace of mind when visiting us."

The bakery also offers wholesale baked goods to several restaurants in the area. Bradford attributes her success to a number of factors. The bake shop stands out as a family owned bakery in a small town. The artisanal products are made with high quality, natural ingredients. And of course, the delicious smells wafting out of the doorway, which are a must for any bakery.

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