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South's 1st Big/ Top 8 Free Bakery

$2,167 of $150,000 goal

Raised by 47 people in 21 days
The Goal: The Pink Bakery, Inc - The South's 1st Big 8/ Top 8 Allergen Free Dedicated Retail Bakery
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2 weeks ago I made a cake for a set of twins. A boy and a girl. They were celebrating their 5th birthday. This was the first year they had a birthday cake because they have life threatening food allergies to tree nuts, soy, milk, peanuts and all beans. I want to make sure I stress the point that they had to wait 5 years before they had a birthday cake.

Imagine the pain their parents went through for the first four years of their lives. Desperately searching for a cake that was safe for their twins that wouldn’t end with an epi pen shot or a trip to the emergency room. For four years there were no candles and no cake. They along with myself are a part of the 15 million plus Americans who have been diagnosed with food allergies.

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My Story:
My name is Nubian Simmons and I am the owner of The Pink Bakery, Inc. We make the most DELICIOUS desserts and mixes for people with food allergies to the big 8 Foods. You may be asking yourself, what are the Big 8 Foods? I’m so glad you asked! The big 8 Foods are: eggs, fin fish, milk, peanuts, shellfish, soy, tree nuts and wheat. We use only organic, Non GMO, gluten free, fair trade, and responsibly sourced ingredients and they are naturally vegan. Made in a dedicated kitchen free of the Big 8 foods.

I started this company because I have allergies to milk and wheat and I felt that the desserts and mix options made available to me were subpar. They tasted like cardboard and had weird textures. I decided to make my own. I had no culinary experience, BUT I had the DESIRE to make something that would taste great and wouldn’t hurt me.

After 5 years of research, experimentation, prayer and tears, I now have the 3 mixes you will see below. Our Mama’s Favorite®️ Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Cake Mix (and it really is her favorite), our Not So Plain Jane®️ Sugar Cookie and Pie Crust Mix and lastly our No Frownie Brownie®️ Mix. What makes our mixes truly unique is that all you have to add are oil and water. That’s it!

The Ask:
I am asking that you help us out in 1 of 2 ways. 1) Share this with as many people as you possibly can (we can do this y'all) AND or 2) gift a minimum of $20 toward us opening the South’s 1st Big 8/ Top 8 Allergen Free Dedicated Retail Bakery. 

For everyone that donates a minimum of $20, and if we reach our goal, we will put your name on our bakery walls. That way we can look around while we are working hard for you and see everyone who contributed to make this bakery a reality. There are so many things I want to provide for you in the bakery- you guys have no idea!

Having a retail location will allow us to expand our mix line for you, finish some other projects like sugar free options AND most importantly, provide those with life threatening food allergies the opportunity to come to a safe and dedicated bakery to purchase a baked treat. (This is so huge!!)

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Trying to open a specialty bakery is very, very expensive. Did I mention it was expensive lol? We need $500,000 but I am only asking you to help me raise $150,000. The money will be used in the following manner: $100,000 used as a down payment for a loan (I don't want to take out a loan but I am willing if I have to for you), $25,000 for equipment and $25,000 on packaging and ingredients.  I have invested everything I have into The Pink Bakery and now I need your help to take it to the next level - will you help me?

Nothing like this exists in the South and I want to make sure, you and your children have a bakery they can come to for any and all occasions to get a treat! We will be TN's 1st Big 8 Allergen Free Dedicated Retail Bakery! So exciting! Such a big deal! Please support! We can do this!

We feel no one should be excluded from life’s celebratory moments because of a food allergy. I started all of this for me, but now I do everything for them.

Thank you for your support in advance!

xoxo Nubian The Pink Baker


If you feel it in your heart to gift more than $20, this is what you will receive:

$100 gift - name on our bakery wall, 1 box of our No Frownie Brownie®️ Mix

$500 gift - name on on our bakery wall, 1 box of our No Frownie Brownie®️ Mix and1 box of our Not So Plain Jane®️ Sugar Cookie & Pie Crust Mix

$1000 gift - name on our bakery wall, 1 box of our No Frownie Brownie®️ Mix, 1 box of our Not So Plain Jane®️ Sugar Cookie & Pie Crust Mix and 1 box of our Mama's Favorite®️ Chocolate, Chocolate Chip cake Mix

If you gift over $1,000...lawd I will bake you a cake in addition to the other items listed above lol!!

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Visit our website for more information about The Pink Bakery, Inc - https://www.thepinkbakery.com
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The Pink Bakery retail location campaign update!

With all of your support and love, we have received $2,067 toward The Pink Bakery's Retail location - yayy!!

We are so thankful to those of you who believe in what we are trying to give the food allergic community! Thank you!

You have helped to make sure those with food allergies will have a SAFE bakery to go to, to get a treat without worrying about going into anaphylactic shock. Please share our story so more people will learn about what we are working to achieve.

Nothing like this exists in the South and I want to make sure, adults and children have a bakery to come to for any and all occasions to get a treat! We will be TN's 1st Big 8 Allergen Free Dedicated Retail Bakery!! Such a big deal! Please support! So exciting! With your support, we can do this!!

Please help us in one of two ways:

1) read our Gofundme story and if you feel like our bakery is worthy of a financial gift of $20 (or whatever your heart moves you to give) please bless us with it

and

2)I am asking you to share this with as many people as possible so we can achieve this for our food allergy community.

The bakery will be located in Memphis, TN and will welcome patrons from all over the world who are in search of a dedicated bakery. If you share this with people who live outside of Memphis, please still ask them to support because if we can secure a building, we can go National with the mixes so everyone can get access to them! Thank you so much in advance.

Gofundme link: https://www.gofundme.com/manage/south039s-1st-big-top-8-free-bakery

The Pink Bakery is TN 1st Big 8 Allergen Free Bakery. We make desserts for people who have food allergies to the Big 8 foods. We only use organic, NON-GMO, gluten free, fair trade and responsibly sourced ingredients. The desserts are naturally vegan.
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“So anyone can go there, even if you don’t have food allergies - this stuff is delicious!”

Zoe (and mom and dad) was gracious enough to make a video to tell you why she believes The Pink Bakery needs to have a retail location.

We are asking for your help to make sure we can open The Pink Bakery's retail location so children like Zoe, have a SAFE bakery to go to, to get a treat without worrying about going into anaphylactic shock.

Nothing like this exists in the South and I want to make sure, they as well as other children have a bakery they can come to for any and all occasions to get a treat! We will be TN's 1st Big 8 Allergen Free Dedicated Retail Bakery!! Such a big deal! Please support! So exciting! With your support, we can do this!!

Please help us in one of two ways: 1) read our Gofundme story and if you feel like our bakery is worthy of a financial gift of $20 (or whatever your heart moves you to give) please bless us with it

and

2) I am asking you to share this with as many people as possible so we can achieve this for our food allergy community.

The bakery will be located in Memphis, TN and will welcome patrons from all over the world who are in search of a dedicated bakery. If you share this with people who live outside of Memphis, please still ask them to support because if we can secure a building, we can go National with the mixes so everyone can get access to them! Thank you so much in advance.

Gofundme link: https://www.gofundme.com/manage/south039s-1st-big-top-8-free-bakery

The Pink Bakery is TN 1st Big 8 Allergen Free Bakery. We make desserts for people who have food allergies to the Big 8 foods. We only use organic, NON-GMO, gluten free, fair trade and responsibly sourced ingredients. The desserts are naturally vegan.
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Entry 1. The Road to finding The Pink Bakery’s Retail Location

When I first moved to Memphis, I only considered selling our mixes. Majority of us food allergy folks cook/ bake at home anyway because it is safer for us. I thought I had it all figured out (I knew nothing about this world lol) until one of my NAWBO sisters said, “oh you sell mixes that’s awesome but we need you to bake them so we can taste it”! That was a real duh moment for me lol! It made total sense though!

I started baking and sold them at our first event ever, Veg Fest (thanks Rose for pushing me to get out there and try). The support of the Memphis Vegetarian and Vegan community was amazing! We decided to try the desserts at the farmers markets. Our first markets were Overton Park and the Cooper Young Farmers market. Sooooooo many of you would ask me on a very regular basis, “where are you located” or “do you have a store front”? The thought of an actual bakery had never really crossed my mind. I didn’t know anything about the bakery business anyway. You kept asking and I knew, I needed to deeply consider it.

I had never bought any real estate in my life. I didn’t even know where to start with that, especially being new to a city. I started asking around. I interviewed a few commercial brokers and real estate agents because I wanted to feel their energy. Whatever the retail location for The Pink Bakery was going to be would guided by good spiritual energy. Out of everyone I interviewed, I felt one person, truly got me (which is tough to do - ha!). His name is Darrell Cobbins of Universal Commercial http://universalcommercial.com/.

It was December 2017 and we were meeting for the first time after having communicated for a few weeks via email. I’m sure he could sense my nervousness and vulnerability around all of this. He kept such a calm demeanor and reassured me, that he would be with me every step of the way. He didn’t make me feel like I had to have all the answers right away (because I didn’t). He would explain things to me and boy oh boy did I ask a lot of questions! I showed him such a rough sketch of my ideal bakery and the building of the trust began…

We have raised $1582 so far toward The Pink Bakery’s retail location. Thank you to those of you who have donated.

Nothing like this exists in the South and I want to make sure, adults and children have a bakery they can come to for any and all occasions to get a treat! We will be TN's 1st Big 8 Allergen Free Dedicated Retail Bakery!! Such a big deal! Please support! So exciting! We can do this!!

Please help us in one of two ways: 1) read our Gofundme story and if you feel like our bakery is worthy of a financial gift of $20 (or whatever your heart moves you to give) please bless us with it

and 2) I am asking you to share this with as many people as possible so we can achieve this for our food allergy community.

Gofundme link: https://www.gofundme.com/south039s-1st-big-top-8-free-bakery

Photo Credit: https://memphismagazine.com/mlk50/darrell-cobbins/
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Preston and Lyric (and mom and dad) were gracious enough to make a video to tell you why The Pink Bakery having a retail location, is so important to them!

They are two of our favs and have tried all of our desserts!! Wasn't it just so sweet of them to make this amazing video - we just love them! We want to make sure they are not left out at school, mom doesn't have to try to rush to bake something and that they can have a bakery to come to, to pick out their SAFE desserts.

We are asking for your help to make sure we can open The Pink Bakery's retail location so children like Preston and Lyric, have a SAFE bakery they can go to without worrying about going into anaphylactic shock.

Nothing like this exists in the South and I want to make sure, they as well as other children have a bakery they can come to for any and all occasions to get a treat! We will be TN's 1st Big 8 Allergen Free Dedicated Retail Bakery!! Such a big deal! Please support! So exciting! We can do this!!

Please help us in one of two ways:

1) read our Gofundme story and if you feel like our bakery is worthy of a financial gift of $20 (or whatever your heart moves you to give) please bless us with it and

2) I am asking you to share this with as many people as possible so we can achieve this for our food allergy community.

The bakery will be located in Memphis, TN and will welcome patrons from all over the world who are in search of a dedicated bakery. If you share this with people who live outside of Memphis, please still ask them to support because if we can secure a building, we can go National with the mixes so everyone can get access to them! Thank you so much in advance.

Gofundme link: https://www.gofundme.com/south039s-1st-big-top-8-free-bakery

The Pink Bakery is TN 1st Big 8 Allergen Free Bakery. We make desserts for people who have food allergies to the Big 8 foods. We only use organic, NON-GMO, gluten free, fair trade and responsibly sourced ingredients. The desserts are naturally vegan.
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