Kimberly's Bake Shop Hopes to Open in Wentzville Despite Construction Setbacks

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Coming soon. | Kimberly's Bake Shop

Wentzville needs a bakeshop. So says Kimberly Walton, a recent graduate of Le Cordon Bleu who's struggling to bring her city something it's missing. After unexpected construction delays, Walton and her husband and business partner, Jared, turned to Kickstarter on the advice of a friend. They have thirteen days to reach their goal.

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"We would love to be open by Thanksgiving, but that is a humungous goal," Walton tells Gut Check, "to make sure we get everything cleared through the health-department permits, definitely by Christmas."

Walton says it's the perfect opportunity for her to open a bakery now that she has graduated from culinary school and her kids are in middle school.

"They don't need me as much at home, and it's time to do something for me, time for me to help out financially," Walton says. She and her husband found the building for Kimberly's Bake Shop at 2 Pearce Boulevard in Wentzville in May and have been working to get it up and running. Unfortunately, they discovered under-the-floor drainage issues and had to have the floor ripped up to fix it.

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Kimberly Walton in her soon-to-be bakery. | Kimberly's Bake Shop

After more money than expected was needed to fix the floor, the Waltons put their hope in Kickstarter as a viable option.

"If it doesn't get funded completely then we get nothing, so that's a really scary thing," she says. "We're really hoping for some community support and get Wentzville and the surrounding areas involved, because it is something that this town needs. There's no place to get homemade stuff."

Kimberly's Bake Shop will focus on pastries, specialty cakes, muffins, cookies, cupcakes and even wedding cakes. She also hopes to offer some gluten-free options once the bakery gets going, and maybe even something for people with severe peanut allergies, although that presents a whole other set of challenges.

"Eventually I want to move into breads. I've been practicing a little bit, but I really want to hire someone who has a passion for bread," Walton says, noting that her specialty is pastries. They even have family chickens which will be Kimberly's source of farm-fresh eggs. The interior will feature bright colors and vintage baking equipment as decor.

"I want you to come into the shop and feel happy because you're going to get something good to eat," she says.

Check out the Kickstarter campaign here and look for updates on Kimberly's Facebook page.

Gut Check is always hungry for tips and feedback. Email the author at nancy.stiles@riverfronttimes.com or follow her on Twitter.




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Courtney Parsons
Courtney Parsons

I pay $3 a gallon gas and drive from St. Charles to CWE for $4 cupcakes at The Cup all the time. If it's good, people will go. :) Good luck Kimberly!

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

yes, wil...she'll be wildly more successful if she proves me wrong and sells them for $3.99. douche.

Kimberly Gough Walton
Kimberly Gough Walton

Hi! I just wanted to take a moment to clear a couple of things up from the comments. First, this is a project that has been in progress for a long, long time. The amount of time and money that we have invested so far is a great sum (the cost of culinary school alone might shock you). Unfortunately, a couple of serious family emergencies and major construction issues have arisen that has taken even more time and money. We admit that we could have prepared for the unexpected a little better, but things happen and it is what it is. So yes, we turned to Kickstarter. It's not a place to "beg" for money and just put it up there. We did an extensive amount of research and had to qualify to even be accepted as a Kickstarter project. You may be surprised to find just how many businesses, products, and yes, even bakeries have been backed by people who want to help support other peoples dreams. Funding sites like this (and there are many) aren't for everyone, and that's okay. If it's not something you are interested in supporting, please feel free to pass it up, no hard feelings. But to suggest that the businesses that do turn to sites like Kickstarter are not working hard "like the rest of us" is highly misguided. I can assure you I have never worked harder in my life! And I love it! As far as the $4 cupcakes, I would not pay $4 for a cupcake and I don't expect my customers to either. You will find that everything offered at the shop is reasonably priced according to ingredient prices. I want everyone to know that this is not a way to "get rich" for me. This is a dream, a passion, a life for me. This will be a small town bakery where you can get great, freshly made, pure baked goods with all the hometown love that can be squeezed in! I am completely greatful to Nancy at The Riverfront Times for her article! I've got a happy heart!

Leslee Brown
Leslee Brown

My point is that it's her problem no one else's and no she should not get taxpayer money for her business unless of course she takes out an SB loan

Wil Grundon
Wil Grundon

Or just lobby the government for some sweet corporate subsidies, amirite?

Wil Grundon
Wil Grundon

How do you know her cupcakes are going to be $4?

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

i don't have a problem with how she gets the money, but unless she has a ton of money for marketing, this isn't going to work. it's really hard to sell $4.00 designer cupcakes when gas is $2.99 per gallon.

Leslee Brown
Leslee Brown

Wow people, begging for people to give money for your business instead of working for it or borrowing like the rest of us do?? In very poor taste in my opinion

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