Pattycake Bakery buying Flowers & Bread building in Clintonville

Laura Newpoff
For The Dispatch
Pattycake Bakery is buying the Flowers & Bread building at 3870 N. High St.

Pattycake Bakery is trading one North High Street address in Clintonville for another in a deal that will give it more space and something that’s been on its wish list for years – owning rather than renting.

The vegan and organic bakery is planning to leave its home of 16 years at 3009 N. High St. after it closes on a purchase of 3870 N. High St. at the end of May. The latter address is the home of The Flowers & Bread Society which, in a May 19 email to customers, said it would operate through the end of the month.

“Tricia and I’ll be in touch soon with our future plans,” wrote Sarah Lagrotteria, who together with Tricia Wheeler, founder of The Seasoned Farmhouse, owns the business. The duo opened the business in 2017 as a cafe, bakery, floral studio and private event space.

Pattycake Bakery was founded by Jennie Scheinbach inside her home in 2003. It transitioned to a worked-owned cooperative in 2013 and now has eight owners. One of those owners, Molly Shea, said the bakery has been searching for a home of its own because it’s completely out of space.

Indeed—Pattycake currently operates in 650 square feet producing retail and wholesale muffins, cakes, cookies and more. The new space has 2,862 square feet, which will allow it to expand its offerings in the future.

“We’ve wildly outgrown the space but hadn’t found the perfect spot,” Shea said. “Suddenly, this beautiful building in our neighborhood with lovely owners went up for sale. As a cooperative, we’ve never made a decision so quickly. We all said, ‘Yes, we love this building.’ ”

The folks at Pattycake have “hopes and dreams” of expanding their offerings, Shea said. The goal, though, will be to maintain quality standards during and after the transition.

The portion of the building that previously housed cafe seating will be used for bakery production. A future cafe operation hasn’t been ruled out. The baker-owners also might be able to say yes to more wholesale customers, many of whom they’ve had to turn down in recent years because of a lack of production capacity.

“Every year we get more wholesale clients asking for our products, but it’s been hard to say yes,” Shea said. “Folks find us, and we do our best to work with them. It will be exciting to say yes to people as they reach out now.”

According to the Franklin County Auditor’s website, 3870 N. High St. was built in 1925, and its last transfer price was $215,000 in March of 2015 to owner KW & MF Properties LLC. It was extensively renovated when it became Flowers & Bread in 2017.

Shea said the bakery has agreed to a purchase price of $750,000 with loan support through the Shared Capital Cooperative.

Laura Newpoff is a freelance writer.