The Dough is Still
Neighbor’s Mill Bakery &
Café is part of a new and fast-growing segment
of the restaurant industry known as bakery/café.
Typically, bakery cafes provide fresh baked breads
and pastries, sandwiches and soups and an espresso
bar. The largest player in the segment is probably
Panera Bread. Others include Corner Bakery and Atlanta
Bread Company. It is our intention to complete the
required documents and seek approval for Neighbor’s
Mill Bakery & Café franchises in the next
18-24 months. The above companies have great websites
so you may want to check them out to learn more about
the bakery/café industry.
In order to be successful in the
marketplace one must have a clear vision and provide
a unique product or service. At Neighbor’s Mill
Bakery & Café our mission is to provide
a memorable experience for our customers; memorable
products, memorable service and memorable atmosphere.
Here’s what makes us unique in our market segment:
- Handcrafted breads. Most franchisors
produce bread in a central commissary, partially
bake it, freeze it and ship it to their franchisees
to bake on site. There is a vast difference in
product quality when you compare this production
method to ours. We grind our whole grains (grown
chemically-free in Montana) on a stone buhr grist
mill. We make our doughs from scratch and handcraft
each loaf of bread. Our white flour is both unbleached
and unbromated, which means it’s pure flour
with no additives or preservatives. We use honey
instead of processed sugar in our breads so they
are healthier and stay fresher longer.
- Demonstration Bakery. At Neighbor's
Mill we put out giant maple block table and bread
oven right out front where customers can easily
see our artisan bakers kneading, shaping, baking
and cooling our handcrafted breads. Customers
often stand and watch our bakers at work. All
this adds to the authenticity of our bakery.
- Made from scratch soups. While
we purchase some soups from a premier soup company,
many of our soups are made from scratch in our
kitchen. Our tomato basil soup is regionally famous.
- Original Recipes. All our recipes
are original. You can't find the same combination
of ingredients or the same flavor profile anywhere
else. This creates what we like to call a "Wow!"
response from customers.
There’s one thing we know for sure will happen
to you if you purchase a Neighbor’s Mill Bakery
& Café franchise in the future:
- You’ll be rolling in the dough! (yep,
that’s a play on words)
Here are some things we don’t
know at present:
- How much a franchise will cost?
- How much it will cost to get a Neighbor’s
Mill Bakery & Café up and operational?
- What locations will be available?
If you’d like us to keep you
informed of our progress in getting our franchise
approved, please e-mail
us. We want to start developing a list
of interested people now.
Thank you for your interest, and
start raising the dough!