It’s the first Saturday of the month at the Downtown Farmers Market and a group gathers, ready to snag sea salt chocolate chip cookies and strawberry tarts. For the last four years, the Savages have provided vegan and gluten-free items that you can hardly differentiate from their gluten and lactose laden counterparts. Husband and wife Tyler and Michelle Savage and sister Mariah Savage went from operating out of their home kitchen to launching a Kickstarter campaign to help fund their soon-to-be cafe and bakery.
When they’re not baking a variety of treats for two of the local farmers markets, they’re making items for both customer and wholesale orders. Back in May, the public was invited to a summer preview party where new, seasonal menu items were sampled, like funfetti cupcakes, blackberry lemon cake, chocolate tarts, rosemary sea salt cashews and more.
After scoping out dozens of locations, the Savages found the perfect corner spot on Oregon and Nevada at the former Jimmy’s Grocery. Local artist Hal Marcus is thrilled to welcome Savage Goods just a block away from his art gallery.
“I love all of their vegan pastries and cookies,” said Marcus. “Someday in the near future, the streetcar will be stopping right in front of their bakery. Sunset Heights gets better every day!”
With this announcement came the launching of their Kickstarter campaign. The deadline to help them reach their $20,000 goal is Oct. 5. Some of the Kickstarter funds will be used towards finishing the cafe buildout (kitchen, walls, counters, etc.), furniture and finishing touches. Rewards for pledges include free pastries, koozies, T-shirts and other exclusive gifts. If the minimum funding goal is not met by the deadline, no funds are collected.
The Savage crew is looking forward to expanding beyond baked goods to offer breakfast, lunch, appetizers, locally roasted coffee from Picacho Roasters, beer and wine.
“We want Savage Goods to be the little place on the corner where neighbors can stop by for coffee in the morning and a beer after work,” said Michelle. “We hope it is a warm, inviting place where people feel well-loved and well-fed.”