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We're raising money to give Coyle's Bakeshop a home: a beautiful brick and mortar bakery in Greenwood.
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Our Story

Coyle’s Bakeshop started as a monthly pop-up bakery on May 4th, 2013. This is a photo of me on that day, moments before we opened.

Over the last year and a half, Coyle’s Bakeshop grew from a monthly to a weekly affair. We attracted customers from all over the city, customers who—to my surprise and delight—were willing to get up early on Saturday morning and wait in line for pastries, tarts, cakes & candies.

This is the line at our last weekly pop-up, a rainy August 30th, 2014.

The Bakeshop was written up in Seattle Weekly, The Stranger, Seattle Magazine, Seattle Met. and on Eater.com

It was all tremendously exciting.

Especially so to this 11 year-old version of myself. (Somehow, I convinced my 5th grade teacher to let me do cake decorating for my "folk art project." Thanks Mrs. McCrary!)

It snowed that day. As for the expression on my face, I have no explanation.
It snowed that day. As for the expression on my face, I have no explanation.

My baking has improved considerably since then. 

My Story

After graduating from college with a degree in English Literature, I decided to formally pursue my love of baking and completed the Pastry Arts program at the French Culinary Institute in New York City. I moved back to my hometown of Seattle in 2005 to take a job as the pastry chef at The Herbfarm, working for Jerry Traunfeld. I went on to work at Columbia City Bakery and after that, I found a home for several years at Le Pichet and Café Presse. For the last two years, I’ve had the pleasure of working as the Culinary Director at Book Larder, Seattle’s only cookbook store.

It seems fitting to me that Coyle's Bakeshop came alive within the walls of a cookbook store. You really can learn a lot from books and in my time at Book Larder, surrounded by inspiration from the the most talented chefs and authors, I finally become the creative-yet-fastidious baker that I've always wanted to be.

The pop-up has been an incredible experience for me. But, Coyle's Bakeshop has reached the limits of what we can do as a once a week pop-up. We need a space of our own. And after an exhaustive search, we’ve found one.

Why We’re on Kickstarter

Here's our space at 8300 Greenwood Ave North.
Here's our space at 8300 Greenwood Ave North.

We’ve leased a 1200 square foot space in the Greenwood neighborhood of North Seattle. Right now, it's completely empty. In order to open, we've got to build a kitchen and dining area from scratch, buy equipment, tables, chairs, cups, saucers—the works. I’ve secured a good amount of financing through loans, but I need your help to bring the project to successful completion.

The funds we raise through Kickstarter are vitally important to me and to the success of the business. Not only do they provide necessary capital, they help lighten the business’s debt and demonstrate how much you—the Bakeshop’s wonderful customers and community—believe in this business. This project has been embraced by the the community since day one and I want you to be a part of it.

Kickstarter funds will be used to help cover construction costs and buy necessary equipment. Our stated goal is $25,000, but any money we raise over this goal will help make the Bakeshop better, brighter and more beautiful.

Thank you for watching and reading and THANK YOU for your support.

Photo by Charity Burggraaf
Photo by Charity Burggraaf


Risks and challenges

Projects of this scope inevitably present challenges: city permits, construction, staffing--but I feel as prepared as I can to face them. I have 15 years of restaurant experience, 10 years of professional baking experience and fabulous support from friends, family and fellow small business owners.

I've also had the last year and half. Running the business in pop-up form has been rewarding, challenging and more instructive than any business plan. (But don't worry, I also have a business plan.)

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    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    You'll receive a PDF with two of our most popular bakeshop recipes: Currant Cream Scones & Olive Oil Bundt Cake.

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    Millionaire's Shortbread (pick up): A gift box with four bars of our popular Millionaire's Shortbread (a classic English confection of butter shortbread layered with a dulce de leche caramel and crisp dark chocolate). Boxes must be picked up at Book Larder in Seattle, WA.

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    Millionaire's Shortbread (with shipping)!

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    One ticket to a pre-opening reception at the brick and mortar shop. Be the first to see the new space, mingle with other backers and enjoy bakeshop treats and beverages!

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    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    COYLE'S BAKESHOP PUNCH CARD: Choose either a Pastry Punch Card
    (good for one dozen scones, croissants, cretzels + one pot of tea) OR a Layer Cake Punch Card (good for ten slices of layer cake or one whole 9" cake + pot of tea). Punch cards can be picked up at Coyle's Bakeshop upon opening.

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    On the weekend before Thanksgiving, you'll get to take a one-on-one, hands-on lesson with Rachael Coyle on the art of flaky pie crust. You'll take home the two pieces of dough that you make and you'll also receive a copy of Rachael's Pumpkin Pie recipe. Sessions are 20 minutes and held at Book Larder in Fremont and scheduling is on a first come, first serve basis.

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    TWO tickets to a pre-opening reception at the brick and mortar shop. Be the first to see the new space, mingle with other backers and enjoy bakeshop treats and beverages!

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    Baking Class at Coyle's Bakeshop: You'll receive two tickets to a 2-hr evening demonstration class in the kitchen of the new brick and mortar shop! Class includes bakeshop recipes, light dinner and treats to go.

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    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    The Coyle's Bakeshop Bakery CSA
    Starting the month we open for business and continuing for 6 months total, you'll pick-up a monthly box of our handmade treats at Coyle's Bakeshop. Boxes will include a selection of freshly-baked seasonal morning pastries, plus items like our Maple-Pecan Granola, Vanilla Marshmallows, cookies, caramels and jam.

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    You'll get the $250 CSA, two tickets to our pre-opening reception, a $75 level punch card, and the PDF of two of our recipes.

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    Pledge $2,000 or more About $2,000

    Brunch for 10: Rachael and her vivacious team of of ace bakers will cater a lavish brunch for you and guests at your home.

    Must be within 30 minute drive of Seattle to redeem this reward.

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- (30 days)