Mandy Schwarzinger was hard at work at her business, the Kringles Bakery, in Redmond on a recent weekday morning.
Standing behind a counter adjacent to a display case full of baked goods, Schwarzinger said she hopes her bakery fosters a comfortable atmosphere for customers.
“We always want that to feel like you just came home,” she said.
Kringles Bakery was started in 2010 and has been operating out of their current location on Redmond Way since 2014. Schwarzinger worked at another bakery on the Eastside before leaving due to a difference of vision. She believes in making all the baking materials in-store and baking goods fresh every morning.
Baking is a family tradition for Schwarzinger, with her mother’s side of the family being filled with bakers. All her goods are made from family recipes, including cinnamon rolls that are baked according to her grandmother’s recipe dating back to the 1950s. Croissants, and of course, the German kringles are ever popular.
Schwarzinger said she gets into the shop every morning around 3 a.m. to get a head start on the day, a routine she described as the “life of a baker.” On top of baked goods, the shop offers a breakfast and lunch menu as well as catering.
Although it’s her first business, Schwarzinger and her family have their eyes on starting more. In particular, Schwarzinger said her father wants to open a bar-be-que food truck within the next five years. Having grown up on the Eastside and spending lots of time in Redmond growing up as part of a military family, she hopes to keep her bakery in the city.
“Shop local, support locals, gotta love all us little guys,” Schwarzinger said.