“It’s always been my goal,” says baker Kate Nycz of the upcoming brick-and-mortar version of her North South Baking Co. “I’ve been in the industry for 10 years, so I’ve worked at a handful of different bakeries, and I’ve always kind of had this image in my head of a stand-alone shop. At the point we’re at in production, we’re kind of maxed out, so in order to keep business moving, adding the five-day-a-week retail was the next step.”
North South Baking Co. produces artisan baked goods with a focus on local and sustainable ingredients. Find handmade breads and pastries like peach cruffins, pistachio rose croissants, apricot and raspberry pocket pies and savory options like croissants filled with local beets, arugula and feta — as seen in these drool-worthy photos on their Instagram.
Nycz currently operates out of the Incubator Kitchen Collective, a commercial kitchen in Newport geared toward start-up businesses. Nycz says she is hoping to open the new store at 471 Elm St. in Ludlow, Kentucky by the end of the year, if not by Thanksgiving.
In addition to Saturday pop-ups at the Covington Farmers Market, the bakery’s goods are sold at events and coffee shops around Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati including at Mom 'n 'em in Camp Washington, Muse Cafe in Westwood, Fausto at the CAC, HomeMakers Bar in Over-the-Rhine, Otto's in Covington and Carabello Coffee in Newport. The business will continue selling at these locations when the new store opens.
Nycz uses local ingredients whenever possible in her creations, buying directly from farmers and artisans including these listed on her site: Carriage House Farm, McGlasson Farms, Locust Ridge Organics, Shady Grove Farm, Green Acres Farm, Turner Farm and Eschleman Fruit Farm. While the produce is unmatched in freshness and flavor, buying local has other benefits, too.
“You’re also developing a relationship with those people, so you’re building a bridge between the community that you serve with your products and the local farms that you get them from,” Nycz says. “It’s really important to me because we need to support our local economy.”