It’s been five years since Amanda Hanna has been offering her wonderfully sweet treats in Columbus. Starting out in the little spot next to Brown Bag Deli (now Jeni’s), Hanna’s company grew to a retail location in German Village and then another in the Short North. In that time, she also married and recently had her first child, Chance. Now that he is here, Hanna’s priorities have changed and she is closing the bakery to focus on raising her son.
“Motherhood has changed me in ways I never imagined,” shares Hanna. “I want the best for Chance, and for me that means giving him my 100%. Owning a business is hard, time-consuming work and I didn’t want to run the bakery on a part-time basis.”
Hanna will be closing the bakery in two phases – beginning August 7th they will have limited retail hours at the German Village location on Thursday through Saturday, and will still be accepting custom orders. September 1st will be their last day. The Short North location closed on July 1.
Bakery Gingham will continue to honor Groupons until the space is closed. They will also finish their commitment with booked weddings.
Closing her bakeshop is bittersweet for Hanna. She credits the love and support of her husband for making this transition to a new phase of her life possible.
“I will certainly miss the clients,” she says. “I have met some wonderful people over the past five years. I will mostly miss our staff and the camaraderie at the shop. We have built a little pseudo family within the bakery and I have certainly made lifelong friendships.”
Hanna’s bakery manager and head cake designer Kelly McCullough has plans to start a home-based cake business – Kelly’s Cakery.
Best of luck to everyone who made many occasions special! Bakery Gingham will be missed.