We thought it fitting for our first post to be the story of Nutmeg! Since we opened our doors in November 2014, we've had the pleasure of getting to know a lot of you guys (our wonderful customers!), so we figured we should share a little bit about us.
Nutmeg was founded by myself (Megan) in the summer of 2012, between my second and third years at Wilfrid Laurier University. I was studying communications, hoping to pursue a career in either food or fashion journalism. Meanwhile, Tim was working in HR at a large scale bakery. But we both missed working in a kitchen! Tim and I actually met while working at a small-business bakery in Aurora several years prior to this; I was a co-op student under one of their pastry chefs, and then worked front of house. Tim worked as a bread baker.
So I decided to apply to the Aurora Farmers' Market, and after our first season, realized it was something that I wanted to pursue full-time. After graduating, I shifted my focus to the farmers' market and growing my customer base through custom orders. In the fall of 2014, we were tipped off to an available space on Main Street in Newmarket (thanks Emma!), and of course we jumped on the opportunity.
We were given the keys to the space on October 1, and opened our doors on November 1. At this point in our story, I cannot overstate how crucial the help from our family and friends was. From the initial encouragement we had to open a storefront, to all the help we received with the actual, physical tasks of renovating the bakery. Seriously, my uncle helped lay the floor, my mom painted the brick wall, my dad built the bench in the front, as well as the wood bulkhead around the counter. My sisters aided in painting the walls, and tradespeople helped us out immensely, turning a former Scotia Bank into what is now Nutmeg Bakeshop. Ripping up carpet, hanging shelves, installing countertops; you name a task, someone was lending me a hand. My mother in law even took care of our bulldog, Penelope (then a puppy!), in those first months after opening.
And about a month after opening our doors, Tim and I were married on December 6. So to say it was a busy few months is an understatement. Those first several months, Tim kept his HR job Monday - Friday, and then worked at the bakery every Saturday and Sunday - first running the counter, and then introducing a bread program that was available weekends only. For the first six months of our marriage, we never even had a day off together. But in spring of 2015, Tim decided to leave his job to join me at the bakery full time. We slowly grew our menu to where it is now, and have added some wonderful new people to our team along the way. We have also experienced a couple of new additions to our family during this time; our sons Beck and Max.
And that about brings you up to speed. Honestly, I could write an entire book about our experience so far (and maybe will one day! the "nutmeg bakeshop cookbook" perhaps?). But that’s our story to date.