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Popular bakery opens new kitchen

By Darrell Metcalf

Weaverville – Well-Bred Bakery is considered both a Main Street staple and destination location for its Weaverville customers. The award-winning bakery has been voted “Best Bakery” for six years in a row and has provided pastries, gourmet food, breakfast treats, vegan and gluten-free options to both locals and visitors of Weaverville since 2002.

Its lasting success has led to the addition of its Biltmore Village retail location and more recently, a 5,500 square foot production facility. The new production facility is a product of growth but is currently the production center for a notably downsized operation.

The new facility, at 232 Reems Creek Road, already housed the corporate offices and catering operations for Well-Bred. However, owner Judy Glicken decided that more space within the building could be allocated to a new production facility.

General Manager Laura Bogard stated, “Because of the nature of business booming in Asheville and then two locations, it just became clear to us that we were going to max out on that kitchen space [downtown location], the refrigeration space, etc. If we were going to grow anymore at all then we were going to need a bigger space.” She went on to say, “We really wanted to create efficiency and a better working environment for our staff.” The new production facility was making all food and pastries for their two cafe locations in downtown Weaverville at 26 N. Main Street and at 6 Boston Way in Biltmore Village until recently. Joining so many other local businesses as of late, Well-Bred has had to downsize production as a result of the growing pandemic.

The Coronavirus that peppers the headlines not only affects the economy at a global or national scale but also on a local level that seems to have a more immediate impact. The years of loyal patronage haven’t inoculated the bakery from the effects of the virus. Both cafes have been temporarily closed and 48 employees were laid off on March 17th.

The company has three employees working six days a week from 10 am – 4 pm, being closed only on Monday. Online orders can be placed for delivery or curbside pickup from 232 Reems Creek Road in Weaverville. Bogard says, “We’re delivering within a five-mile radius of each of our locations. So even if that means we have to drive 10 miles to Asheville, then we’re willing to do it to keep our customers.”

It’s clear that Well-Bred is doing everything they can to provide the same standard of quality that they’ve become known for in a way that remains accessible to its devoted customers. While the atmosphere of a quaint Main Street Bakery with the oversized windows and sidewalk dog bowls may be temporarily gone, the fresh ciabatta and crème brulee is as good as it ever was.

All bakery location phones have been rerouted to go directly to the production facility. Learn more about Well-Bred Bakery or place an order at www.wellbredbakery.com or call 828-645-9300.

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