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Newberg duo looking to kickstart their new artisan bakery business


Downtown Newberg — Newberg Bakery, owned by local residents Brenda Burg and Bruce Bishop, still needs more than $10,000 to meet crowdfunding goal

A new artisan bakery is planning its grand opening on First Street — and Newberg residents can help bring it to fruition.

Brenda Burg and Bruce Bishop, owners of Newberg Bakery and longtime local residents, are already gathering fans at the Tunes on Tuesday “vendors’ village” with their limited selection of offerings. According to a press release, the pair plans to offer a much wider selection at the full bakery at 621 E. First St., adjacent to Francis Square, including artisan breads, individual pizza-by-the-plank, boiled bagels, scones, cakes and “pie in a jar.”

To help launch Newberg Bakery, Burg and Bishop have set up an account at Kickstarter, an online crowdfunding website for creative projects. From www.newbergbakery.com, community members can pledge toward the $30,000 goal. Eight days after launch, they were halfway there, and as of Aug. 2, 138 backers have pledged nearly $19,000.

The catch to Kickstarter is that if the bakery doesn’t raise the total amount by its project deadline — Aug. 14 — it will receive none of the pledges.

“We need to get the entire goal before the deadline or none of it comes to us,” Bishop said in the release. “Kickstarter wants to assure backers that their money will go to an achievable project — so no (credit or debit) cards get charged unless the goal is reached.”

In exchange for supporting the project, backers also receive various gifts depending on the amount of their “pledge,” such as T-shirts, aprons, month- and decade-long bread shares, catered meals and personalized baking classes.

Newberg Bakery emphasizes local produce and hazelnuts, and caters to the gluten-free population as well. Simple breakfast and lunch options round out the menu. Clients may also join the “bread shares” program, where they pre-buy bread for a month and then come in each week, select the loaf they want, and walk out.

“People are more and more aware of where their food comes from,” Bishop said. “They want high-quality, healthy, locally produced foods — and it’s an added benefit to know the producer personally.”

Bishop has five years of professional baking experience in two bakeries, most recently at Bob’s Red Mill in Milwaukie, working with whole grain and organic breads and pastries. Burg is an experienced caterer, emphasizing pastries and cakes.

“Simple beauty in food is a growing interest and value, and gluten intolerance has risen recently, with gluten-free treats difficult to find,” Burg said. “We support the practice of preservative-free products, providing wholesome breads, pastries, plus gluten-free options in a setting that offers a gathering place for the community.”

Bishop and Burg have purchased the building on East First, but failure to raise the $30,000 may delay the bakery’s opening. The release indicated that the Kickstarter funds would be used to purchase specialty baking equipment and remodel the building.

“We are going to emphasize a rustic, farm-house feel,” Burg said. “We’re looking for a relaxed and lived-in feeling, with simple wooden tables, mismatched wooden chairs and a long counter with stools where people can watch and talk with us in our open kitchen.”

To see the online page of Newberg Bakery’s Kickstarter project, visit kck.st/17priR1.