Nov
5
to Nov 6

Pivot and Change... News from Hazel & Rye

Running a business...

Running a local small business is both an act of passion and an exercise in hard work and endless hours.  All the local small businesses have owners that are burning everything they have and own to keep their vision and “baby” alive and functioning.  Keep the doors open, the ovens on, prices reasonable, and customers happy, all one day at a time.  It is sometimes an impossible way of life that stretches and strains every nerve and fiber of being for the owners every second of every day.  There are no vacations from this life.

Recently in the area many businesses like our have been facing extreme challenges and are forced to close their doors and shut down.  The press has not been good to them which is terrible.  Sometimes money is not there even while things look great.  While the general public looks at businesses for their products, services, and brand image, the true and only viable component that makes a business actually work is the results of the profit and loss bottom line from the accounting system.  Warren Buffett has as quote that reads “accounting is the language of business” which is the most accurate way of stating that if the numbers are not working, nothing else is. 

No matter how many Facebook likes and fans there are, or how cool the shop is, or the vibe, look, feel, of the website, if you have an app, or how many awards you receive.  The numbers don’t lie.  Making this part of the business work is the most difficult part of running the business and all decisions made are based on the results of the numbers and the language of accounting.

Our business, our vision

Our business, Hazel & Rye Artisan Baking Company, is no different from any other the other local businesses here in the greater Stark County area.  When there are issues with the magic numbers, the business must either suffer and fail, or pivot and continue.  We are a pivot and continue business. 

We believe in our product and mission.  We believe that this area needs this type of business and the customer demand is there in the long run.  European inspired, locally crafted is our mission statement and driving mantra.  This hasn’t changed even though we have had to pivot, change, and adjust.  We have had to survive without a baking kitchen, the ability to display more products, and the draw to afford evening and Saturday hours.

We have recently made another pivot to the business to ensure sustainability and continuing to keep the essence of the business intact to grow eventually back to the baking company we desire to be.  This pivot also goes hand in hand with some opportunities Chef Emily has been approached with on a much larger scope and level than I can offer her with this company. 

The Pivot

Emily will be leaving the day to day operations of the store and baking business.  Emily is still one of the owners of the company but will reduce her activities to embrace the new opportunities for her that are opening for her.  Coming onboard to fill in the gap is Emily’s twin sister Elizabeth who has been for much of the company Chef Emily’s main assistant and baker.  Elizabeth will work with myself on developing the ability to provide fresh baked goods at the scale possible with the facilities of our downtown location.  Elizabeth has a natural talent and has been studying under Emily and has been instrumental in the evolution of our cookies and breads.  Elizabeth will be working onsite each day with our current store lead Lorrie Leggett to provide the best in customer service, quality of product, and a growing café and bakery menu that will grow from our core values and recipes.   

Prior to this recent pivot we had been in negotiations and planning to build a full-service kitchen behind our café in the bank building.  This pivot is putting those plans on hold and focusing on a more realistic goal of working to create baked goods at the scale of the location.  Of course, we will honor our time-tested recipes and vision statement with every crafted product.

In my eyes and heart as a small business owner

In my eyes and heart as a small business owner, I believe we must meet the customers’ demands and provide goods and services which are in demand at an unparalleled level of quality.  Secondly I believe we must be a responsible company which can keep up with vendors, taxes, payroll, and other financial demands.  The last point is that we must be profitable and growing so we can invest back into the business and provide a repayment to the countless hours put in by Emily and myself.  We must do these things first.

No matter how many Facebook likes we have, contests we win, awards we receive, and good vibes in the community we generate, it always comes down the language of business, the bottom line.  We as a business are working to keep that essence that is what we are.  We want to be a bakery like Tartine Bakery in San Francisco or the other great big city bakeries.  We are an urban European style bakery at heart and want to be that bakery in Stark County.  We want to also extend ourselves to a great café menu and urban eatery uniquely different and uniquely good.   

The last thing

The last thing to share is that we are pivoting to grow, not to shrink.  We are changing to survive the bottom line, and not to cheapen and shorten the quality.  Please bear with us as we change, as we build the foundation, as we pivot for the future.  Chef Emily is always a call, message, or Facebook message away, and she is my right-hand partner in the business.  The vision will not change.  We are Hazel & Rye Artisan Baking Company. 

 

 

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Jun
26
9:30 PM21:30

Voted #1 Bakery in Stark County!

Voted #1 bakery in Stark County!  Thank you everyone for voting and showing us how much you care.  We are so proud to serve you and excited to see where next year takes us. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! 

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May
21
11:00 AM11:00

About Magazine Interveiw

Just out today, Stark County's About Magazine is featuring an interview with our super innovative and force to be reckoned with Executive Pastry Chef Emily Grable. We have not picked up our copy yet but are so excited to share this with you on our site.   Our bakery as a whole is committed to bringing not only the best baked goods and breads to the area, but also committed to bringing the power of small local business to the community and surrounding areas.   Thank you all so much for being so supportive and for talking and sharing us with your friends and family.  - Mike 

Just out today, Stark County's About Magazine is featuring an interview with our super innovative and force to be reckoned with Executive Pastry Chef Emily Grable. We have not picked up our copy yet but are so excited to share this with you on our site.  

Our bakery as a whole is committed to bringing not only the best baked goods and breads to the area, but also committed to bringing the power of small local business to the community and surrounding areas.  

Thank you all so much for being so supportive and for talking and sharing us with your friends and family. 

- Mike 

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May
17
9:00 AM09:00

Hazel & Rye Joins Earth Fare

Hazel & Rye Artisan Baking Company is now a proud local vendor to the brand new Earth Fare store that opens tomorrow in North Canton Ohio.  The competition was difficult and the requirements strict, but Chef Emily persevered through the paperwork and the testing.  Thanks to all of our customers who have helped us grow and be recognized by a company like Earth Fare.   

"Earth Fare is an American health and wellness supermarket with 36 locations in 9 states throughout the southeast and Midwest United States. It sells natural and organic food informed by a “Food Philosophy” and “Boot List”. 

Here is a story about one of our best selling breads which was created by our super hard working bread master.

About half a year ago our Head Bread Baker, Ryan Eick, came to us with a concept we would never forget. After over hearing customer comments looking for garlic bread, rosemary bread, Amish herb bread... He wanted to bring those all together into one. I trust Ryan with just about anything, and he was off to work setting his mind in motion to construct a recipe that would describe his passion, his personality and his ability as a baker. 
After some time, the Rustic Herb loaf was formed. Becoming a quick favorite to our customers, our wholesalers and flying off our shelves faster than we can produce it.
Thanks to Ryan and all of his hard work and efforts into creating his own recipe. I am also very honored to have him on my staff as well as excited to say that Ryan's bread was picked up by the new "Earth Fare" that is opening this week. You can try this bread, along with a few other of our products located at their north canton store and soon to be other earth fare locations.
Congratulations Ryan!
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May
1
to May 7

It's Our 1 Year Celebration

We are celebrating our one year anniversary!

May 1st will be our official 1 year of being Hazel & Rye! As a huge thank you to everyone who has supported us through this challenging first year, next week will be customer appreciation week!

Let's kick off the celebration!

Join us for lunch Monday- Friday downtown and Tuesday-Saturday in north canton for our $5 lunch special. Any salad with a beverage will be $5 as well as any sandwich (with chips and a pickle and beverage) for $5.

But that's not it!

Monday & Tuesday: free small coffee with any breakfast pastry purchase.
Wednesday & Thursday: 2 free cookies with any purchase over $5
Friday: free pepperoni roll with any purchase
Saturday: $3.65 Breakfast sandwiches and crepes and all breads will be $3.65!

We hope to see you today and tomorrow- but especially next week!

Thanks for an amazing year!

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Mar
8
1:30 PM13:30

Our new Downtown Canton Location

Downtown gets a new breakfast and lunch spot!

Thank you Dan Kane and the Canton Repository for serving us so well with love and attention on our opening in downtown Canton at the Huntington Building.  It was a mad rush getting our location up in the time we had but the folks at Amerimar Property Management and our outstanding crew of Bakery Rock Stars made all of this work. 

 

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Mar
1
7:00 AM07:00

New Downtown Canton Location

We have a new location opening up effective March 1st in the Huntington Bank building 220 Market Ave S, in downtown Canton, OH.  We are moving into the space formerly used by the Chit Chat Coffee shop and will use that location to expand upon our North Canton Cafe location.  The hours will be from 7 am to 3 pm and we will feature our baked fresh pastries, cookies, muffins and more along with a growing selection of breakfast and lunch foods.  This news is so fresh that a full menu is still in design.  But we wanted you to be the first to know! And did we mention coffee! More details to come and we hope to be a great place in the heart of Canton, Ohio for coffee, great food, and everything else that is Hazel & Rye.

We have a new location opening up effective March 1st in the Huntington Bank building 220 Market Ave S, in downtown Canton, OH.  We are moving into the space formerly used by the Chit Chat Coffee shop and will use that location to expand upon our North Canton Cafe location. 

The hours will be from 7 am to 3 pm and we will feature our baked fresh pastries, cookies, muffins and more along with a growing selection of breakfast and lunch foods.  This news is so fresh that a full menu is still in design.  But we wanted you to be the first to know!


And did we mention coffee!

More details to come and we hope to be a great place in the heart of Canton, Ohio for coffee, great food, and everything else that is Hazel & Rye.

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Jan
29
to Feb 6

Hazel & Rye's 2016 Super Bowl Survival Kit

Omaha!  What's a Super Bowl without first class food.  Are you going to a Super Bowl Party, hosting one, or just chilling at home? We have a special menu prepared just for you with some of Big Mike's favorite football food from the Bakery.

We are also featuring Royal Docks Brewing Company's special beer in our brew house pretzels and bier cheese soup. 

Stop by or call in (330-497-8078) and place an order for the best game time goodies that will make the game truly super. 

If you have any questions, let us know.

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Sep
14
12:30 PM12:30

Featured on TV's Fox 8

Craving french toast? Go to Hazel & Rye

We were featured recently on TV's Fox 8 news!  They came down and spent some time with us and created this excellent video featuring our bakery, our goods, and our fabulous staff.  It has shown several times on the news and we are excited to share it with you.

http://fox8.com/2015/06/30/craving-french-toast-go-to-hazel-rye/





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