Changes on tap for longtime downtown bakery; Lawrence printing company announces new CEO
After KU’s blowout loss last night, a breadbasket is the only type of basket worth talking about today. Fortunately, I’ve got news about one of Lawrence’s larger bread-makers. The downtown bakery Great Harvest Bread Co. has new owners and also several new offerings.
Longtime Baker Bob Garrett — known by many as Baker Bob — sold the store at 807 Vermont St. in early December. The mother-daughter duo of Marty Peterson and Sarah Burtch have bought the business.
“I’ve always enjoyed baking, and who doesn’t love bread?” said Burtch, the daughter in the duo.
Burtch — who has been a longtime customer of Great Harvest — said the store is keeping the favorite recipes and bread varieties that have made the shop popular since its opening in the mid-1990s. The shop still makes about a dozen varieties of bread per day but plans to have more of a rotational menu to entice shoppers to try more seasonal offerings too.
Among the new offerings are a dessert called a Savannah bar, which is a fruit streusel bar that features different fruits each day. Thus far, fruit combinations have included blueberry, strawberry, caramel apple and others. Also new is something called Popeye bread. It features spinach, red peppers and parmesan cheese. I assume you could dip it in Olive Oyl. (Get it? Yeah, marketing cartoon-related food products is my fallback career.)
Blueberry-strawberry savannah bars for breakfast? Of course! They're still warm, if you hurry.
Also new to the store is a line of organic peanut butter, including something called butter toffee peanut butter. How decadent sounding. As I’ve long said, any food with “butter” in its name twice is a food worth breaking out the fancy stretchy pants for. In addition to peanut butter varieties, the store also is carrying an almond butter and other butters made from pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds, which is aimed at people with nut allergies.
New today! All natural organic peanut butters, almond butters, and seed butters! Grab one with a loaf of Honey Whole Wheat (my favorite is the butter toffee peanut butter)!
A line of jams, jellies, spice rubs, corn bread mixes, oatmeals, trail mixes, brownie mixes and other such products also are being offered at the store.
The store is part of a chain of more than 200 Great Harvest bakeries, but each store is individually owned. The store will continue to use freshly ground whole wheat that is milled at the store daily to produce its breads.
Burtch said the new owners plan a few renovations to the building, but said that work would not begin for a while. Hours of the store remain unchanged: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.
In other news and notes from around town:
• Lawrence-based Allen Press has a new chief executive officer. Randy Radosevich, a former manager with the commercial printing firm Henry Wurst Inc., began his duties as CEO of Allen Press on Monday.
For those of you not familiar with Allen Press, you must not be very scholarly. Allen Press is one of the larger printers of scholarly journals in the country. It has its headquarters and printing facility in East Lawrence near Hobbs Park at 11th and Delaware streets.
Former CEO Gerald Lillian announced late last year that he was leaving the company after 10 years to start a new small business with his wife. Dee Ann Berry has been serving as interim CEO for the company. She will remain at Allen Press as the company’s chief operating officer.
Radosevich comes to Allen Press after having managed the Kansas City production plant for Henry Wurst. He previously was a vice president for TNG Central Division, a leading publishing/periodical distribution company in North America.
Longtime Lawrence resident Rand Allen will continue to serve as president of the company, which has been operating in Lawrence for more than 80 years.