Kandie Kingery comes residence from work and the cookies go in the oven. And then bagels. And then scones. Perhaps not in that buy.
Kingery also bakes churros, cinnamon rolls, doughnuts, sea foam and pretzels. Baked doggy bone treats are coming shortly.
“The churros offer out real brief,” Kingery claimed 1 late afternoon while tending to a tray of freshly baked bagels.
Kingery released Chunk Me Bakery in January as a Glorieta house-based mostly small business with on line ordering and a Saturday pop-up location in front of the shut-down Adelo’s store in Pecos.
“If you want churros, you gotta be waiting around for me [for her 9 a.m. Saturday opening],” she mentioned.
Kingery is among the the rising amount of People who have started off retail corporations with no a storefront during the pandemic.
Places to eat were the most high-profile field to adopt — and endure with — the pickup and shipping and delivery design of enterprise. But the principle has distribute across the enterprise sectors.
“The pandemic has accelerated new techniques of executing small business in means and dimensions we have not viewed prior to,” mentioned Reilly S. White, affiliate professor of finance at the University of New Mexico. “Business generation has by no means been less complicated.”
Kingery tapped into the state’s cottage foodstuff law, the Selfmade Food items Act (Home Bill 177) of 2021, which will allow residence meals producers to offer most nonperishable food items — “anything that has a shelf life,” Kingery describes it — directly to consumers with no product sales restrict and no will need to resort to a professional kitchen area.
Kingery’s key inspiration is to present bakery products for Pecos and Glorieta, specially for the morning commute. She tested the community’s hunger with a “Do you want a bakery?” write-up on 4 Pecos Facebook groups, which includes Pecos Cares and Mi Querido Pecos.
“I usually believed we need a bakery below,” she explained. “In January, I stated, why wait around?”
Kingery will take orders on the internet at nmbite.com, and buyers select up their orders from 7 to 9 a.m. exterior Dairy Queen in Pecos, the place she has her day job from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Her son handles pickup orders for Santa Fe shoppers at his Lithia Chrysler Jeep Dodge job.
Her massive working day is Saturday, when she gives wander-up income in entrance of the vacant Adelo’s retail store in Pecos from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will make upward of $500. “That’s a vehicle payment,” she observed.
For Saturdays, she bakes 4 dozen each individual of bagels, cinnamon rolls, doughnuts, churros and chocolate chip cookies.
“If I don’t have chocolate chip cookies, I get the stink eye,” Kingery explained. “Sometimes on Friday I really do not get any snooze. I bake all night.”
Kingery has experienced a bakery in intellect considering the fact that relocating to Glorieta in 1999 from Bellevue, Wash. She has labored off and on at the Dairy Queen in Pecos for 12 a long time but has also labored four a long time at the Legislature and for four decades had a mail-get business producing horse fly masks.
“Shipping and COVID messed that up,” she claimed.
The pandemic has flipped the organization globe topsy-turvy. One slice of that is the so-termed Excellent Resignation: people today leaving positions in droves and not going back again to the exact same career, discovering a new, most likely much better-spending job — or setting up their personal company.
“We have found a 70 % improve in 1st-time entrepreneurs starting up companies from residence,” UNM’s White said. “New enterprise apps are up 39.8 p.c (from February 2020 to February 2022), and about 50 per cent of new businesses are dwelling-based.”
Kingery is already pondering in advance for Bite Me Bakery. The 1st addition is a solution line for canine.
Push-up Dairy Queen clients generally vacation with puppies. Kingery has developed doggy bone treats manufactured with sweet potato purée and total wheat.
“That came about recently. I’m a huge animal lover,” reported Kingery, who has a property menagerie of 5 peacocks, six turkeys, 4 horses and two goats. “I want to give animals a treat at DQ, but the boss states no, no, no.”
If popularity grows for Bite Me Bakery, Kingery can see expanding her organization.
“My target is to get a slice of land for a minimal push-through or get a foodstuff truck,” she stated. “It could be a horse trailer conversion.”
The Santa Fe Bulletin Board and Santa Fe Foodies Facebook web pages are rife with despondent responses about the bagel scene in Santa Fe. Kingery dared to make bagels and, she claimed, they are a shocking ideal-seller.
“I have just one buyer who says: ‘We now know how quite a few miles we will travel for a doughnut: 27,’ ” Kingery stated.