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A neighborhood bakery cafe serving delicious handcrafted pastries and heartwarming coffee in the heart of Arlington, MA.
A neighborhood bakery cafe serving delicious handcrafted pastries and heartwarming coffee in the heart of Arlington, MA.
199 backers pledged $18,716 to help bring this project to life.

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Butternut Bakehouse

There’s nothing like walking into a warm cafe filled with the aromas of baking pastries and freshly ground espresso – a place to indulge in your favorite morning treat, meet friends for conversation over deliciously brewed coffee, or sample local produce in savory tarts and sandwiches.

A spot where you might...

  • run into another parent from your child's class picking up freshly baked morning buns to bring to school...
  • see the local piano teacher ordering a fudgy chocolate cake for the recital...
  • say hello to your postal carrier, who is stopping for their morning coffee and buttery croissant... 
  • join a group of friends for a weekly gathering over lattes and flaky fruit tarts… 

In other words, do you long for a place that nurtures friendships, and builds community?

This is my vision for Butternut Bakehouse.  

Selling at Arlington's Annual Town Day
Selling at Arlington's Annual Town Day

As a trained pastry chef who has baked at some of Boston’s best restaurants, I am passionate about the highest quality baked goods and coffee. (And so is our friend and local roaster, Karma Coffee of Sudbury, MA.) 

As a mom, wife, and local entrepreneur, I am equally passionate about creating a place where we can cultivate a sense of community. 

Starting in my childhood in Malaysia, the notion of hospitality--of kindness, care, and concern for guests--is irreversibly part of my DNA.  As a parent of two young boys, I want to model for them this kind of hospitality and community--and to show them what it's like to work hard for a dream. 

Pastry selection at farmers markets
Pastry selection at farmers markets

Butternut began to build a loyal local following at farmer’s markets in Winchester and Wayland, where we frequently sell out on crowd favorites. This instant connection with the community at farmer’s markets has been my greatest joy. 

Seeing these connections grow and feeling the communal bond over delicious local food is what fuels my ambition to create a bakery for Arlington, MA--this is the town where my husband Scott and I have put down our roots and are raising our boys.

Lines at the Wayland Winter Market
Lines at the Wayland Winter Market

But it takes community to build community.

We’ve come so far...but we need your help to make our dream of community come alive!

I’ve come a long way in making this long-time dream come to fruition.  We’ve found the perfect retail space on Massachusetts Avenue, at the heart of the town’s main thoroughfare!  But as every small business owner knows, we need capital to buy equipment and to finish construction. While we have secured some funding sources--personal loans and savings--we need additional help to get us to opening day.  

We are getting half the space of Bagels By Us
We are getting half the space of Bagels By Us

Since we believe that building community means investing in each other, we are asking our friends and neighbors to be part of creating a warm and welcoming place for our town to come together, to inspire one another, enjoy each other’s company, and to support a woman-owned local business.  This space will hopefully become a place of joy and celebration. 

What’s in it for you?

Who doesn't like flaky pastries?
Who doesn't like flaky pastries?

While we are confident that the greatest reward will come from seeing a buzzing hive of community in our town, and nourishing the hard-working entrepreneurial spirit needed to make it come alive, we would also like to offer you heartfelt symbols of thanks for believing in this vision. 

Every drop counts, no matter the size.  Every day, we hear another story about how small donations add up to support the dream of connection and community.  

Our aspiration is that these offerings of gratitude will help deepen the bonds of interdependence and investment in one another.

Risks and challenges

The path to opening a retail store is not a straight and easy one. The challenges include navigating town permits, layout design, construction, staffing, procuring financing, sourcing equipment, to name just a few. With guidance from small business owners, industry mentors, and abundant spiritual support from family and friends, my outlook on obstacles or challenges is to take it day by day, but to always move forward.

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    Admission to the Gluten Free Club: receive a GF Club Card and get one gluten free pastry/cookie/scone on the house per visit. Total of 12 visits

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    Receive a Cookie Club card and enjoy a free cookie of your choice for every visit for 15 visits. 1 punch per visit.
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    Flaky Pie Dough Class

    You and a friend will learn to make our signature galette and a coconut cream pie by understanding the technique to make flaky pie dough. This is a hands-on exclusive class in our new kitchen.

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    Give a gift of 2 dozen assorted pastries to a local charity or school of your choice.
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    A private party in our new space. You and your friends (up to 15) get the bakery for an evening to yourselves. Party includes assorted cookies, pastries, cakes, sandwiches, coffee & tea.

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