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Imagine an employee-owned flour mill in the heart of Chicago. We hope to revive and revitalize this lost industry that built our city. Read more

Chicago, IL Small Batch
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Imagine an employee-owned flour mill in the heart of Chicago. We hope to revive and revitalize this lost industry that built our city.

Chicago, IL Small Batch
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That's right- Chicago grew and milled grains from the early 1900's all the way up until 1984.

We're Dave & Megan Miller and we're ready to bring the lost art of flour milling back in a new and farmer-centric way.

For the past few years, we've owned and operated Bang Bang Pie Shop in Logan Square where we've been honored to receive accolades ranging from the Chicago TribuneFood and WineTime Out Chicago and most recently we were named on Zagat's 30 Under 30 List for redefining the restaurant industry.

After spending the past few years baking with over 50,000 pounds of commercial flour we started to realize that commercial flour no longer had nutrients and is causing an epidemic of obesity and grain allergies.

Rather than run away from the problem- we decided to use our reputation to fix it. Six months ago we sold Bang Bang and committed our futures to cooking with flour grown and milled the way our ancestors ate.

We've started by building a grain centric bakery and by purchasing a  small Austrian stone-mill. 

We recently began receiving requests for our grains from all over the country and now realize people don't want to wait- they want our flours immediately. We thought the process of starting a flour company would take much longer- so we're thrilled and doing everything we can to launch.

But that's going to take capital.

In order to make our flour affordable and accessible--We need to invest in more grain inventory, a larger mill, and even more HEIRLOOM SEEDS for our farmers.

We believe in our vision so much that we're willing to trade our bakery's time and labor for your support. Help us restore a trade that has lost its way...

Thank you for taking the time to learn about our vision and for your support- we promise to pay it forward!

Risks and challenges

Credit:
Megan and I are young and have very minimal access to credit. Even with business we've paid everything in cash. We've recently begun intentional building credit- but it will take another two years before we have built enough for it to help our business. Fortunately- this has also positioned us to have minimal debt. We've built our entire restaurant mostly debt free.

If People Aren't Excited About Our Idea:
So far people seem very excited about the flour company. We're very fortunate to have a restaurant that we can use to promote it by using it in all of our recipes. We've also begun booking press events and interviews to discuss the movement. We believe people are excited about our venture and looking for a way to be involved. We will also use our shop and our already established retail connections to sell the flours.

Space:
What if demand is too large? We have space in our shop for a larger mill. We're setting it aside in case we need to expand much larger than expected.

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    Pastry Service for One: AKA
    A morning pastry and a coffee! This includes our toast bar made with our stone-ground flour and house-made jams.

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    2 Pounds of our very own Baker Miller Stone-Ground Whole Wheat Flour and a hug. Seriously. A HUG!

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    This is Dave's Lucky number so we had to do it. One of Megan's World-Famous Pies! Any Menu Flavor, Any Time. (Pick-Up Only.) (World Famous.)

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    4 Pounds of our Stone-Milled Wheat Flour- Shipped to your house anywhere in the US. This is your chance to try our flour- America!

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    5 Pounds of our Special Stone-Ground Coarse Cornmeal Grits- Shipped to your door! Yep you heard right- GRITS! (or call it polenta or cornmeal if you're so inclined.)

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    A Pass to a Pie Baking Class! We will offer these multiple times monthly and you will have first priority.

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    A Pie Class Date For Two! You'll go home with pie!

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    A family style weekend brunch for 5. We don't take reservations- but for you we will. And we'll feed your friends or family of up to 6 including entrees, desserts and beverages of your choice. Just call to make your reservation.

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    6 Pies! Any Menu Flavor, Any Time! Well, during open hours. Perfect for that holiday party... or if you want a pie every other month. (Place your order at least 24hrs in advance.)

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    A Year's Supply of Baker Miller Whole Wheat Flour. (That's up to 100 pounds!!) Might be a good Christmas Gift... or for your restaurant. We can also ship it to you- for whatever the shipping costs are...

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    3 Hour Weeknight Shop Rental up to 20 People Custom Desserts Included. Please Place Reservation at Least One Month in Advance.

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    Your name on our shop wall beside our Grain Mills- this is the perfect chance to brand yourself or your business.

    You also get: A Private Shop Rental Including Dessert and Dinner for up to 25 Guests. Weeknights or Weekend Nights.

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    We will serve our catering menu for your custom event on site- up to 130 Guests. (additional meals can be purchased)
    This Includes: 1 Main Course, 4 Sides, and Dessert.
    Yeah that's right- it might be time to pop the question....

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