Bakery gets initial nod from planning commission
Grandview students -- and grown-ups, too -- may have a new place to stop for sweet treats if the city approves a plan for a new bakery.
The Grandview Heights Planning Commission has given an informal thumbs-up to a revised concept to construct a retail bakery on the land between the Deyo-Davis Funeral Home on West First Avenue and Grandview Heights City School District property on Fairview Avenue.
In January, the commission tabled an application for a major site-plan review submitted by Jeff Davis, director of the funeral home.
At that time, commission members said that while the bakery would be a good addition to First Avenue, additional design details were needed before a major site plan could be approved.
Commission members suggested an outdoor patio should be added and that the building design should be modified to give it an appearance of having a second floor.
Davis was a late addition to the agenda for the commission's Aug. 2 special meeting. He presented no formal application but reviewed the revisions that have been made to make sure the proposal met the expectations the commission set back in January.
The delay in returning to the planning commission was due to a change in architects for the project, he said.
A formal application for a major site-plan review is expected to be on the agenda for the commission's September meeting.
The bakery will be run by Davis' wife, Jean, who has been operating a small bakery business out of the kitchen of their home.
A barber by trade, Jean Davis said she always has enjoyed baking desserts and other sweets.
An increasing number of their friends and neighbors have asked her to bake items for birthdays or other special occasions, she said.
"It's really outgrown our kitchen," Jean Davis said. "It will be nice to get our kitchen back."
The general plan for the bakery is to have the back half of the new building house the kitchen facilities, with retail sales and a small seating area in the front portion, Jeff Davis said. A small outdoor seating area will also be included.
"We're not looking to set the world on fire. It will be a nice, small, family-oriented place where Mom and Dad can bring the kids," he said. "We're not looking to compete with Panera Bread or the French Loaf."
Undoubtedly, the bakery will be a popular stop for students from nearby schools, Jeff Davis said.
"We think it will be a nice addition to the neighborhood," he said.
While the bakery primarily will sell baked goods, desserts and sweets, there may be a few lunch-type items available as well, Jean Davis said.
"What I really like doing, though, is baking," she said. "I really like the decorating part of it. It's fun to come up with designs to fit a special occasion or theme."
Her most popular creations include peanut butter brownies, pecan bars and caramel cakes, she said.
A niece and at least one of the Davises' adult sons are expected to help with operating the bakery, she said.
The tentative name for the bakery is Sweet Sensations by J, Jean Davis said.
If the planning commission approves the major site plan in September, the goal is to begin building the bakery by the end of that month so it can be completed before the onset of winter weather, Jeff Davis said.