When House of Homemade suddenly shut down in July, David Rohrer and Kendra Feather saw an opportunity at Marshall and 27th to move forward with a bakery the two have long been planning.
“David has been our baker for years”, says Feather, owner of Ipanema Cafe and Garnett’s Cafe, and co-owner of The Roosevelt, “We’ve been operating out of Ipanema and Roosevelt, but have been looking for a spot for David to be on his own for a while, and we both just love Church Hill.”
In addition to being the kitchen behind the Hummingbird Cake at Garnett’s, the Coconut Cake at The Roosevelt, and the Mexican Chocolate Pie at Ipanema, WPA Bakery already has a number of other wholesale clients: look for the WPA Bakery cupcakes on the University of Richmond campus, parfaits at the Best Cafe at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and other items available soon through the grocery delivery service Relay Foods.
The bakery will continue to be wholesale- and special-order only at first as Rohrer transitions to the new space. The plan is to be open for retail – selling snacks, sweets, and coffee – during the day sometime in the next 2 or 3 months. Across the intersection from WPA Bakery, work continues to open the highly anticipated Dutch and Company restaurant.
David and Kendra plan on being at the Church Hill Association’s August potluck picnic on Tuesday night with some treats. Be sure and stop by Reed Square on 26th Street and say hi.
Rohrer is also known around town for his paintings and has a show coming up in November at the Eric Schindler Gallery. Interestingly enough, in 2011 he painted the very building that WPA Bakery will be going into (from a photo of mine from 2005).