Mary Kent was born and raised in northeast Cherokee County, Georgia. Raised in a family where baking was a huge part of life, Mary looked to her mother to teach her many lessons and recipes. Her interest for this hobby became a big part of Mary’s life.
Mary wanted to do something about her love for cooking and baking. She knew she wanted to open a bakery to share her craft with locals and friends. “I took the first opportunity that came my way,” she says.
It took about three years to get Mary’s Bread Basket up and running successfully. Her undying perseverance and determination to follow her dream are what made it come true. There is now a bakery consisting of her home goods open to the public.
Opening the bakery was no easy task. As Mary explained, “it was very tough. But it was just something that I wanted to do. I did a lot of planning, thinking I knew what I was doing. I also did a lot of changing things around to get it to where it is now.”
There are now two locations of the bakery, one in Marble Hill outside of Big Canoe, and a new shop in Canton. There is also a café in Gibbs Garden in Marble Hill that sells some of Mary’s goods throughout the day.
Upon entering the homely café-style restaurant, you are greeted by fresh smells of baked goods and smiling faces, ready to serve. The bakery includes a variety of goods, freshly made every morning at 5am: Breads, yeasts, sweet bread, cakes, pies, cookies, coffee, biscuits, sandwiches, soups, and so many more delicious creations.
Considering all that goes into creating these sweets, it comes as no surprise that Mary’s time is devoted to her bakeries. The spare time she does have is spent taking care of her husband.
“I’m very blessed to still have him around,” Mary adds.
Mary used to spend her spare time playing with her grandchildren, but they are now grown. One grandchild, Lauren McKenzie Golden, is an employee of Mary’s Bread Basket at the Canton location. Her experiences while working for her grandmother were not what she had initially expected.
“Working with my grandma has been a fabulous experience,” Lauren said, “I’ve learned a lot from it… to treat people with respect, also be nice to everyone… there is nothing like having your family close to you.”
Lauren initially feared that working with Mary would hurt their relationship, but that wasn’t the case, as she explains, “working together has made me closer to her. She’s my role model.”
As an employer, Mary finds a way to give directions in the most positive way, but she believes you shouldn’t be “friends” with your employees, in the same way a mother should not try hard to be friends with her children. Mary is very grateful for all of her dedicated workers. She says, “I want them to like me, and I want them to love me because I couldn’t have a business without them.”
Mary has also become close friends with many her regular customers. She is in the bakery every morning, and she loves talking to her friends when they come in.
Mary’s goal for the bakery in the future is to try and franchise Mary’s Bread Basket. She is aware the business is not ready for that yet, but she strongly believes this is the next move for her company.
To visit Mary and try some of her homemade creations, visit them at either of the following locations:
171 Foothills Parkway, Marble Hill, GA 30148
This location’s hours:
Monday-Friday: 7:30 am-4:00 pm
Saturday: 7:30 am-2:00 pm
Canton location and hours:
149 Reinhardt College Parkway, Canton, GA 30114
Visit Mary’s Bread Basket’s Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Marys-Bread-Basket-207714949308995/timeline/