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From staff reports
The owners of The Bakery announced Friday that they are moving out of their building on North Main Avenue.
Co-founder Clint Brown said the expenses of the building were becoming too much for the membership-funded endeavor that helps entrepreneurs grow their businesses.
“I know you love this building,” Brown said to his members during a live Facebook broadcast. “I do, too.”
But the future of The Bakery is going to change to serve its members without the financial burden of a singular physical space.
“We need to find a better way to serve our community,” he said. “It’s more than a building.”
He expects to move out by the end of the month and envisions hosting online events and gatherings for members at restaurants and other spaces.
The seeds of The Bakery started in 2014 when Brown and co-founder, Brian Rand, started offering free marketing advice on Fridays. They founded The Bakery, started taking memberships and moved into the building at 910 N. Main Ave. in May 2015. Fees range from $300 to $1,500 a year.
The initial concept of the founders was to create a space where startups could learn from each other and from experts. Brown said 40 to 50 startups came out of The Bakery.
Rand left The Bakery within the past year.
Sheila Hazard, who owns the building with her husband, Jeff, said they hope to find another business tenant for the 8,000-square-foot building, which was completely refurbished before The Bakery moved in.
A law firm, insurance agency or marketing firm might be a good fit for the space, she said.
“They sure gave it a good try,” she said of The Bakery’s use of the space.
The Bakery is moving out of its building on North Main Avenue and will continue to serve members online and through other spaces.