Saturday, May 14, 2011

H Street Bakes launches Saturday 10 am-3 pm @ Argonaut featuring Granville Moores Exec Pastry Chef Kim Moffat

Local Chefs Team Up for H Street Bakes; Pop-up Bake Sale on H Street, NE

On May 14, four local chefs unite for the debut of H Street Bakes, a pop-up bake sale on the patio of The Argonaut (1433 H St).

Kim Moffatt, Executive Pastry Chef at Granville Moore’s, had a dream: to open a co-op bakery on H Street, NE. But, with the current construction and steady rising lease rates, it was clear that the temporary pop-up model might be the most effective way to get started.
Moffatt is one of several attendees of Street Talk, a series of informal conversations about the future of H Street economic development moderated by entrepreneur Joe Englert and Julia Christian, Executive Director of CHAMPS – Capitol Hill’s Chamber of Commerce. Moffatt shared her co-op bakery concept at a recent Street Talk session and after lengthy discussions on local business incubation, partnerships were formed, plans were made, and H Street Bakes is now a reality.
H Street Bakes kicks off Saturday, May 14 from 10am to 3pm on the Argonaut, 1433 H Street, NE. Moffatt will be joined by 3 fellow chefs: Faith Sleeper, Amber Yankulov and Tiffany Coln, all of whom are local to the Capitol Hill/H Street NE area of DC.

“The beauty of the pop-up model is that it provides the opportunity to test out your product and business model and really get the kinks out,” says Julia Christian, CHAMPS Executive Director. “Starting a business is not an easy process. When you’re dealing with so many variables—neighboring development, demographics, buying power, spending patterns—it can be very difficult to predict what will work and what won’t. The advantage of the pop-up business model is that it serves as a low-risk beta test, allowing prospective business owners to see firsthand and address issues and concerns before taking the next step and investing significant resources in a permanent storefront space.”

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