If you haven’t yet visited Vashon Island Baking Company – you need to get your butt in there! The most delicious treats way for you. Enjoy our interview below with Sam, the owner – who also own Glass Bottom Creamery.
VH: From where do you hail?
Sam: Before moving to Vashon, I lived with my husband in Washington DC. I lived in Seattle 2002-05 and have friends who lived on the island. I wanted to move back to live here for awhile before we did.
VH: What is your business and how do you get started ?
Sam: I was trained as a pastry chef at L’Academie De Cuisine in DC.
I came to Vashon on a Sunday one day while visiting and wandered into an open house. I was talking with the realtor, who said that the bakery was for sale. And that was it.
It was August of 2013 and I was 7 weeks pregnant with my 2nd child. By December we got here and after a few renovations we reopened. I still am not sure how I managed to do all of that, but it was what I wanted so I just did it.
We then opened up Glass Bottom Creamery in 2015 – this will be our 3rd summer. We make all of the ice cream at the bakery. We just installed a walk in freezer at the bakery so that should support us with keeping up with the demand at the ice cream store. We love that it’s a small, intimate shop that serves homemade ice cream.
Altogether, we have 15 employees… 22-24 in the summer. Most of our people are part time.
People ask me if baking is my passion – but what I really love is being part of the community, that’s my real passion and why I love what I do.
VH: What is your superpower?
Sam: I can have a lot of balls in the air and feed off that energy.
VH: When you have company visiting Vashon, where do you tell them to go?
Sam: A beach – Pt. Robinson or Lisabeula. A tasting room tour – ebike to tasting room to dinner! Minglement for people watching.
VH: What’s next for your business?
Sam: We are getting a mobile donut machine and will start doing donuts at the farmers market and strawberry festival!
VH: What’s the best thing you ever bought at Granny’s?
Sam: A cool clock. My mother is obsessed with Granny’s – she lives in Virginia and that’s what she loves to do when she comes to visit. Also we found a children’s vintage track suit of the Seattle Supersonics – my husband was so jealous because he is a DIE HARD Sonics fan.