BANDON — Who doesn't need a little more home-baked goodness in their life?
That's the philosophy behind The Rolling Pin Bake & Brew, a self-described "Grab-N-Go Hole in the Wall" kind of place on Second Street in Old Town Bandon.
This week, owners Kayleigh Martindale and her mother-in-law Sara Rupert are celebrating one year in their permanent location. Their retail baking journey began in March 2015 at the Port of Bandon's Old Town Marketplace, where they sold cupcakes during the March-December season, baking them in a local commercial kitchen.
Success prompted them to dream about moving into a permanent shop and the opportunity came up next door to where they had been baking in Old Town.
The shop, at 230C Second St. is a quaint colorful and bright space that offers freshly baked cupcakes and mini cupcakes in a variety of flavors and topped with homemade butter cream frosting, examples of which include chocolate, vanilla, lemon, vanilla salted caramel, fruit-flavored, coconut, peanut butter banana, carrot with cream cheese frosting and many other flavors. The cupcakes are baked and frosted each morning. They offer more than 60 combinations of cakes and frostings.
The Rolling Pin also offers "loaded" biscuits with ham, sausage, cheese and chives or just cheddar cheese, as well as sweet biscuits such as lemon, fresh blueberry or maple bacon cinnamon. Biscuits can be topped with homemade sausage gravy or served as an open-faced ham and cheese melt.
Cookies are another treat available in the display case, and include different flavors daily, plus a decadent "whoopie" oatmeal cream pie cookie filled with buttercream frosting. For those who just want a shot of the sweet buttercream, the shop offers frosting shooters.
Full espresso bar
Martindale, who graduated from Bandon High School in 2009 and was a Cranberry Festival princess in 2008, worked at Bandon Coffee Cafe after high school, where she learned her barista skills, and perfected them working at the Beverage Barn.
"Kayleigh is a barista extraordinaire," Rupert said.
"My passion is coffee," Martindale said. "Being a barista is very artistic."
So it was no question when deciding what to focus on that The Rolling Pin would also offer a full espresso bar (the "brew" part of the business name) featuring espresso, cappuccino, mochas, cocoa, chai tea featuring Longbottom Coffee from Hillsboro, which Martindale said has been described by many customers as "the best coffee in Coos County."
"It's air roasted, which causes the bitter outer layer of the coffee bean to fall off, so the coffee is smooth not as bitter or as hard on the stomach as other brews," she said.
In addition, The Rolling Pin also offers soups, including ham and bean, chicken noodle, creamy chicken with wild rice, polish sausage stew, vegetable beef and barley, pasta fagioli, chili and cornbread (Ray B's of Bandon Dunes fame) and chicken tortilla (people's choice).
Lunch specials, which were voted on by customers in an in-store poll, are served from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. or until sold out on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, and include (one selection each day) beef and noodles, chili dog on a homemade bun, loaded macaroni and cheese, pasta alfredo with homemade sauce, and a pulled pork slider on a homemade bun.
Everything featured at the shop is homemade "with love" from scratch using all-natural quality ingredients such as farm-fresh eggs and hand-picked berries and "nothing artificial."
The Rolling Pin also takes special order wedding, birthday and special event themed cakes and cupcakes, cookies, quick breads and pies, including special orders for the holidays, and will set up and take down their artfully arranged special occasion displays for a $50 fee.
Martindale, who said she learned her work ethic from her mother Stacia Duval, is related to longtime Bandon residents the Duvals and McMahons. Martindale worked at Sterling Bank but found she needed a creative outlet. An artist, she has painted since she was young and made all the signs at the shop. And she is a completely self-taught cake and cupcake decorator.
"I love making things pretty and have always enjoyed painting and drawing," she said.
Joy of cooking
Rupert grew up in California but lived here in the summers while visiting her father and step-mother, John and Dee Sample. After high school, she moved to Bandon and her first job was at Lloyd's. She also worked at the Two Mile Cafe. Circumstances led her back to California for 25 years. In California, she worked in retail marketing and in restaurants, even teaching young women how to cook through her church.
"I always wanted to own my own place, maybe a cafe or bakery, but it was too expensive," Rupert said.
She returned to Bandon a few years ago to be closer to family, including sons Chris, Bill and Kayleigh and their daughter, who is 4.
Rupert took a job at Bandon Dunes. She and Martindale started baking cupcakes in the evenings together and the idea of a shop began to rise. Rupert had the vision and food preparation experience and Martindale had the creative artistic abilities.
"Our gifts work well together and we both worked hard," Rupert said.
While at the marketplace, they drew up plans for the permanent space and completely remodeled it to suit their needs. It took longer than anticipated but the shop finally opened on Nov. 10, 2016. Slowly, Martindale and Rupert started adding to their repertoire, carefully selecting offerings that aren't available in other local shops.
"We just want to cook for the community and give them options while doing something we love," Martindale said.
Rupert said the best thing she's received in their business endeavor is the relationship she and Martindale have developed.
"We're the best of friends, we really are," Rupert said.
"We just work really well together," she said, "And Sara is teaching me everything about cooking. I love being able to have something creative to do and also teach my daughter how to do it. It's a family business and we started this for our family. We hoping to be here for a really long time."