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Beer-themed bakery grows with upcycled grains
April 6, 2017

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

RENTON, Wash. – When Marley Shain Rall wanted to open a retail store to sell beer-themed baked goods, she decided to run her idea past an expert advisor at the Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC) who was encouraging – and skeptical.

Piles of treatsbaked by 5 a.m.
December 14, 2007

A bowl the size of a sled sits amid giant kitchen appliances and tantalizing scents. A girl is up to her elbows mixing batter for crispy rice treats. No, it’s not Santa’s workshop; it’s the Crimson Bake Shop.


“Mixing the rice crispy batter is everyone’s favorite job,” food service supervisor Karen Chesnut says with sarcasm, as two student bakers shake their heads and laugh.


The bake shop was founded in 1988 by Jeff Wold, now general manager with Hillside Café dining center. The shop operates as … » More …