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A brother-owned craft bread bakery moving into Seattle's Fremont-Wallingford neighborhood.
284 backers pledged $32,310 to help bring this project to life.

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 STILL KICKING

We hit our initial funding goal and with lots of enthusiasm from folks, we're going to stretch the campaign and raise the bar to $35,000!

With only a few exceptions, all of our thank-you gifts are still available: t-shirts, tea towels, totes, koozies and baking classes!  For all of the folks who still want to be a part of helping to open our doors this summer, there's still time and plenty of contribution options left!

Hope to see you in the bakery!

Kit & Jesse

Our Mission:

Sea Wolf is the dream of two brothers: one a cook and one a baker, to create a special kind of bakery:

A place that is beautiful, comfortable, and welcoming to everyone who spends time there; whether they are employees or customers, whether they live in the neighborhood, or are visiting from out of town.

And a workplace that is an exploration of bread and baking.

We believe that bread should be beautiful and that beautiful bread is a reflection of the craftsmanship that created it. Our intent is to bring the creativity and diversity of the kitchen into the bakery and, like the best restaurants in Seattle, source regionally and work with local farmers to emphasize the grains and ingredients of the Northwest.

Finally, we want Sea Wolf to reflect our own experience of working for chefs and bakers who paid us a good living wage and encouraged our creativity. We expect that by giving our employees the opportunity to explore their interests, Sea Wolf will itself benefit from their success.

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Serving Seattle:

For the past two years, we've enjoyed developing relationships with restaurants and chefs around town, and we're happy to say that we really enjoy all of our wholesale customers. We feel like we belong to a community of good people doing good work.

Now, after two years of bouncing around town, we finally get to put down roots in another kind of community. We are really lucky to have found such a sweet home between the vibrant Wallingford and Fremont neighborhoods, and we look forward to getting to know our new neighbors.

Our goal is to open Sea Wolf as a resource for bread and pastry and as a place to learn about baking.

On the eating side of things, the bakery will offer an expanded range of breads for retail purchase as well as a brand-new line of pastries, centering on croissants and other laminated doughs and reflecting our special affection for savory pastry. As we settle into the space, we also look forward to pairing our breads with a rotating array of seasonal produce. Finally, we will offer simple brewed coffee sourced from a few of our favorite regional roasters and a modest array of beers and wines for afternoon quaffing.

On the learning side, we hope to pull back the curtain on baking. Sea Wolf will feature an open layout with the entire production process on display to visitors. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with the Book Larder to offer baking classes in the new space.

Our goal is to serve Seattle as a resource for exemplary baked goods and a place to enjoy baking as a community. We believe in the value of good neighbors, and it is in that spirit that we move forward.

Who We Are:

We are Kit and Jesse Schumann: bakers and brothers born and raised in the Nooksack Valley of Northwest Washington State. Sea Wolf is a labor of love and the realization of years of planning. It was conceived out of a discussion about how we could work together, own our own business, and build something new that represented the best of our combined experience.

After years of thinking and waiting, in 2014 Sea Wolf was born as a craft bakery. We initially baked out of the Boat Street Cafe in the wee hours of the morning and sold our bread to a handful of restaurants, including the Whale Wins and The Walrus and The Carpenter. Because we lacked the (expensive) equipment of a professional bakery, we improvised: we amassed a small arsenal of cast iron pans and baked our inaugural white sourdough using a method developed for home bakers.

Over the past couple years we've picked up some new customers, a few more cast iron pans, and added a couple new breads to our repertoire. We've also bounced around town between locations, always looking for more oven space.

But hauling a pile of cast iron pans in and out of ovens is, frankly, exhausting, and we've always wanted a place of our own where we can meet our customers, teach classes, and grow as bakers.

The place we've found to settle down and build our bakery is fantastic. We are setting up shop on Stone Way between the Fremont and Wallingford neighborhoods. We've got plans for a bright, airy space drawn up by the amazingly talented Heliotrope Architects, and the hard-working and honest folks at Metis Construction are currently in the midst of building it out.

Through the generosity and support of our family, we were able to finance a business loan with which we bought the oven we've always dreamed of. We've got a 30-year-old dough mixer we hauled up from Ashland in the back of an equally old pickup. We've got pretty much everything we need to expand our wholesale business.

But this is where you come in: we need your help to open Sea Wolf to the public. Every dollar we receive from this Kickstarter is a dollar we don’t have to borrow from a bank, and that means a lot to us. It means tables and chairs for our customers, a retail counter, coffee service, the smell of bread, and the sound of happy people. It means that when we have opened a bright and inviting space in a great neighborhood, we will be able to point to all it and say, “You helped us build this.” We are very excited.

Help us open our bakery! This is much-needed startup capital to help us grow from a fly-by-night wholesale business into a full-scale brick-and-mortar establishment offering coffee and pastries to our friends and neighbors. This Kickstarter is the key to opening the doors of Sea Wolf. Thank you.

What's in it for You?

Aside from helping to make all of our dreams come true, you will now have a new space to interact with your community, meet your neighbors, see friends or family, learn about baking, and fill your heart (and belly) with bread, pastries and coffee. We look forward to seeing you in the bakery.

 

Risks and challenges

The truth is that this is an exhilarating and terrifying project. For the past two years we've worked hard not only to bake the best bread we could for our customers, but to navigate the unfamiliar terrain of lease negotiations, building design and permitting, business taxes and accounting, and loan applications. We have baked through the night, only to come home to our dining room table to blearily fill out applications, reconcile accounts, and answer endless emails from the good people helping us put this bakery together.

We are so very lucky to have a supportive family that has encouraged us and helped us meet the financial thresholds necessary to acquire our SBA loan. They have followed us out onto a limb. They say that you have to spend money to make money, and we have certainly spent money: on an oven and a mixer and refrigeration; on architectural designs and city permits; on concrete cutting and plumbing and painting and wiring.

We want this bakery to be something special, and for that, we've worked harder and reached farther than we ever anticipated. There will certainly be challenges ahead: rent increases, food fads, rising ingredient costs, illness, injury, and ordinary dumb mistakes. Right now, however, to get to all of those challenges that every business owner confronts, we need to get this bakery built: to buy the necessary equipment; to pay for last-minute adjustments to meet city building code; to buy chairs and tables so that our customers have a welcoming place to sit and eat and talk and watch the baking.

The challenge of baking terrific bread is one that we accepted long ago. If we continue to be honest with ourselves, it's a life-long commitment: a satisfying task that begins anew each day. The challenge for this kickstarter is momentary: help us finish building so that we can start baking. Help us launch this bakery.

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    Shout Out!

    A heartfelt thanks on our Kickstarter/FB page from two grateful bakers and nascent business owners.

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    White Sourdough

    The loaf that launched Sea Wolf! We've been baking this bread for two years in cast-iron pans and we can't wait to bake it for you in a real bread oven. A mild white sourdough with a little barley flour thrown in for sweetness. Pick-up only at our lovely new bakery. Call-ahead to schedule pick-up.

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    Beer Koozie

    A limited-edition print of our charming faces as represented in the art of local genius, Drew Christie. Koozies printed in random, glorious colors.

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    Personalized Loaf

    Personalized White Sourdough with your initials dusted in flour (up to 3 characters). You pick-up. Call-ahead scheduling necessary.

    You'll be the life of any dinner party when you show up with your monogrammed sourdough loaf: "What, this old thing? Just something I picked up at Sea Wolf Bakers. Yes, I'm known there."

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    Printed Flour Sack Kitchen Towel

    Our favorite style of kitchen towel. Lightly dusted with flour, this works nicely as a liner for a proofing basket or bowl. Locally screen-printed with Sleeping Wolf illustration by local genius Drew Christie. Very local.

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    T-Shirt

    Locally printed with our classic Sea Wolf logo. It'll be a while before you see another of these, so grab while the grabbin's good! Please allow some extra time as these will be custom printed for individual sizes. Color TBD. Most likely grey or slate blue.

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    Pastry Punch Card

    A baker's dozen (13) of our pastry. We're excited to get our hands back in the pastry game. Sea Wolf will initially feature croissants in several styles and we'll see where things go from there.

    For you out-of-towners, this is a great gift option for a friend in Seattle.

    Limit one punch per visit.

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    Tote Bag

    Bring your bread and pastries home in style with this tote bag locally printed with Sleeping Wolf illustration by local genius Drew Christie. Bags available in "natural" and "indigo."

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    One-Month Bread Subscription

    Dip your toes into a sea of bread! Our inaugural round of bread subscriptions! We're still working out the details, but the idea is that each week for one month we will provide you with an assortment of breads of our choosing. We will of course work our reliable old standards like the rye and white sourdoughs into the rotation, but each week will also be rounded out with pretzel rolls, burger buns, or whatever we're currently messing around with. Pick-up only. Various pick-up locations around Seattle to be announced.

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    Bread Baking Class - Individual Rate

    These classes will be held at the Sea Wolf bakery, and will be a hands-on lesson in how to apply our guiding principles to your home baking. Bakery tour, our not-so-secret bread formulas, sourdough starter, take-home dough, and friendly chitchat included.

    10 students per class. One class scheduled per month. First come, first scheduled.

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    Hand-thrown Sea Wolf Mug

    Perhaps our most unique gift, these are the prototypes to the mugs we will feature in the bakery. Hand-thrown by local artist Tesha Karpoff in her quest for the perfect mug, these are all attractive and functional. Own a piece of Sea Wolf history before it even becomes history!

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    Grand Opening Party!

    For all of those who have watched and waited with us for the past two or twenty years, come celebrate the end of the waiting and the beginning of the real work. You will be called upon to exert yourself no further than to raise a glass and toast with us the exciting, unknowable future. Munchies and fine beverages provided. Aug. 12, 2016

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    Sea Wolf Cast Iron Pan

    The very pans that we've been baking out of for the past two years. Are these Lodge Combo-Cookers available at your corner hardware store? Yes, but they are also a piece of Sea Wolf history. We have personally handled each of these pans approximately 3,000 times. No joke. We have baked over 13,000 loaves in them, burned ourselves on them, hauled them all around town, cursed them, and based our future on their ability to bake excellent bread. They appear to be indestructible and we hope you enjoy years and years of baking, frying or sautéing with them. No shipping. Pick-up only.

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    Three-Month Bread Subscription

    For the adventuresome bread eater! Our inaugural round of bread subscriptions! We're still working out the details, but the idea is that each week for three months we will provide you with an assortment of breads of our choosing. We will of course work our reliable old standards like the rye and white sourdoughs into the rotation, but each week will also be rounded out with pretzel rolls, burger buns, or whatever we're currently messing around with. Pick-up only. Various pick-up locations around Seattle to be announced.

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    Distant Friend Package

    For those who can't visit us in person, a shippable trio of our sweet new swag:

    T-shirt + tote + flour sack towel.

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    Local Friend Package

    For the Seattlite who just can't get enough:

    One invitation to our opening party + 3-month bread subscription + t-shirt OR tote + flour sack towel + pastry punch card.

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    Bread Baking Class - Group Rate

    For families, companies, or just a boatload of friends looking to spend some time together and get their hands into dough. These classes will be held at the new Sea Wolf bakery, and will be a hands-on lesson in how to apply our guiding principles to your home baking. Bakery tour, our not-so-secret bread formulas, sourdough starter, take-home dough, and friendly chitchat included.

    Up to 10 spots available per class. One class offered each month. First come, first scheduled.

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    Sea Wolf Superfriend

    If you love us this much, then we can only do our best to return the love:

    Invite to opening party + single spot in a bread class + 3 month bread subscription + pastry punch card + towel + shirt +tote + mug + undying affection.

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