Help bring the Cider Barrel back to life!
Help bring the Cider Barrel back to life!
Local Pastry Chef wants to revive a piece of Maryland's history by turning the space into a bakery, offering fresh baked goods & cider.
Local Pastry Chef wants to revive a piece of Maryland's history by turning the space into a bakery, offering fresh baked goods & cider. Read more
Those who have lived in Montgomery County for a while remember the Cider Barrel and the sweet delicious cider sold there. Now shuttered for 14 years, this unique example of roadside novelty architecture has served as an icon for Germantown, MD...growing sadder and more dilapidated over the years. But rescue is on the way!
The Cider Barrel was built in 1922 by local entrepreneur Andrew Baker. Baker built a cider press near his orchard and made fresh apple cider from a variety of his apples. Three things were in his favor: the automobile was becoming very popular and more and more people were owning one; prohibition was turning people away from liquor and toward fresh cider; His place was just the right distance from the city for a pleasant drive in the country. Being a very creative person, he had his shop built in the form of a giant barrel, perhaps having seen other stores shaped like their merchandise which was very popular at the time, and painted it red, white and blue, of course.
In 1971 the building was inherited by Martha Cross and her son William, who continued to operate the Cider Barrel until 2003. The doors have remained closed ever since.
I drive past this beautiful building every day and it saddens me to see it sit vacant, year after year. I have always dreamed that the day would come when all of my hard work would pay off. My name is Brandi and I am an Executive Pastry Chef in Washington, DC. I have worked at numerous award winning restaurants in MD, DC and VA. I also spent a lot of time in Italy learning as much as I could about pastries. I have worked so hard over the years with one goal in mind- to open my own pastry shop someday. Being a young single mom with two kids, I rarely made it to school functions, games or even home in time to tell my kids good night. I promised them (and myself) that one day all of my hard work would pay off. About 12 years later...that time is now!
I have been EXTREMELY FORTUNATE to have been given permission to repurpose the Cider Barrel as a bakery, but this project is so much more than that. This is about bringing a community together while doing what I love. Everything is so corporate these days and we are no longer fostering the relationships we once had. I want to partner with local farms to source as much as I can, to work with schools to offer seasonal jobs to students and to offer small hands-on classes for children. I absolutely love teaching and I want the Cider Barrel to be a place where children can learn and have fun doing so. It is also very important to me that I am active in the special needs community. We often lack in resources so I want the Cider Barrel Bakery to be instrumental in enhancing the lives of those who may not have the same opportunities that others do.
I want to offer everything from cider and hot cocoa with seasonal flavored marshmallows to fresh made pastries, custom cakes and ice cream using dairy from local farms. I also want to offer specialty items on the menu for those who prefer vegan, gluten-free or dairy-free. Cider Barrel Bakery will truly be a dream come true. I put my heart and soul into everything I make and nothing makes me happier than bringing a smile to someone’s face. This is me, this is my passion!
Since the Cider Barrel is an official County Historic Landmark, the exterior of the building will remain the same while the interior will be renovated. This includes a small commercial kitchen to bake everything fresh daily, an area used for teaching kids how to decorate and play with food :) and walk up counter service that has a country store feel with the history of the Cider Barrel used as decor. I want old pictures and memorabilia throughout the bakery so it tells a story. The Cider Barrel has a special place in many hearts and I want everyone's trip to the Cider Barrel Bakery to be nostalgic!
To make this happen, the building itself needs a lot of work. There are some structural issues that need to be addressed as well as a complete renovation to the interior. It is currently an old, empty building that needs A LOT of love. Unfortunately, the cost to do so is what stands in the way. It is an estimated $85k for the re-construction. I know this is a lot of money but I am determined to make this happen and with your help....IT WILL.
Thank you so much for taking the time to learn about the history of the Cider Barrel and helping to support it's future.
Risks and challenges
If anyone would like to donate their talent/skills to help bring the Cider Barrel back to life I would be extremely appreciative and over the top excited. That would cut costs drastically.
If I am unable to meet my minimum goal, I will have to change the plans completely. I could rent out a local commercial kitchen and sell my prepackaged goods at the Cider Barrel but lets face it..it won't be the same. I would not be able to open the building for customers to finally come inside of the Cider Barrel as it would be dangerous (and against many rules :) . I would also have to change my plans of partnering with local schools as well as creating oportunities within the special needs community and that is one of the main reasons I want to do this.
One thing is for sure...I am a hard worker and will do any and everything in my power to make this happen :)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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