Black Bear Bakery cooperative members are looking to the community for support and the funds to keep Black Bear Bakery running, and on Cherokee. Bryan Dennert and Kerry Obrien recently launched the Save Black bear Bakery Indiegogo campaign, with a goal to raise $50,000. The campaign runs until October 18 and offers many perks for your donation.
Black Bear’s location on Cherokee Street has served as a storefront, cafe, and a venue for events, meetings, movies and art. For a long time, black bear has been known for it’s saturday vegetarian pancake brunch, once a month benefiting kdhx. The weekday cafe has had many incarnations from coffee and bagels to eggs to sandwiches and pizza. National and local acts know bb as a great place to reach a receptive and diverse audience.
To move forward, current members have agreed to transfer liability and ownership of the business and the building to the remaining members soBlack Bbear can continue to be a worker owned and operated bakery, as well as offer a space that supports and encourages barter, trade and community living.
Right now, Black Bear’s storefront is open tuesday through saturday for bread, treats, bagels, coffee, and wifi. They still sell at farmers’ markets including soulard, tower grove park, clayton,maplewood, old north as well as at local harvests grocery on morganford, g&w sausage off kingshighway, fairshares market, grounds for change in washington university, washington avenue post, and piekutowski’s european style sausage. They are also featured in restaurants around the city including frida’s, al’s, and dominic’s.
They are on their way to bringing back the saturday brunch and expanding cafe choices. The lickhalter sourdough starter and recipes will remain unchanged and handmade from flour bag to bread bag.
Black Bear Bakery is looking for volunteers to help clean, bake and fundraise in the interim. Contact Bryan at email@example.com for more information on how you can help!