During this spring’s stay-at-home period some people completed home projects, others used the time to garden, some binge watched their entire Netflix watch list, while others became puzzle pros. And some, specifically Lisa Allen, used the time for her cafe’s already-scheduled move to a larger space on Main Street in Downtown Findlay!
You are probably familiar with The Baker’s Cafe. The lunch spot that opened in 2014 on Sandusky Street has grown exponentially from the tiny cafe that Lisa originally envisioned as a go-to lunch spot. To say that Lisa’s vision for the future came to fruition is an understatement. The Baker’s Cafe spent 5 years growing to the point where a table at lunchtime was nearly impossible to nab. Between their delicious food, even more delicious treats, and friendly atmosphere it was time to make the move to a larger location.
Even in a larger space, Lisa and her team have held on to all the charm that was captured at the original location. The much new space still feels intimate and homey. The food is still delicious and the larger kitchen has allowed them to add even more drool-worthy desserts to their menu, including doughnuts and gluten-free options every Wednesday.
Although Lisa is a stalwart force at The Baker’s Cafe, you are sure to have seen her out and about in the community. Lisa has served on a communications board for Cancer Patient Services, been a volunteer for Coats for Christmas, and volunteered for many other fundraisers. And Lisa brings that sense of community into The Baker’s Cafe. Her favorite part of owning the cafe is serving her friends and neighbors. She loves making people happy with her food and has created the feeling of walking in your friend’s house as soon as you walk into the cafe’s doors.
And it isn’t just her customers that Lisa wants to feel at home. Lisa’s team is a small group of local (mostly!) women who are more like family – and if you ever get a chance to watch the staff interact while you wait in line it is evident that they do see each other as family.
Lisa’s goal is that visitors know that they are going to get a rich cup of coffee made from beans roasted locally; a sandwich created with love (cliché’s aside); and a bakery treat made from scratch with a recipe passed down from her great-aunt or grandma.
Lisa and her team have done a great job adapting on the fly, including adding additional delivery hours! Plan to have The Baker’s Cafe for lunch today (don’t forget the brownie! Or a mini cheesecake…or a cookie…and the list goes on and on)! You can stop in and order at the counter, order online, or order delivery!
Facts about Lisa
Name: Lisa Allen
Family: Husband, Tom; Daughters Lydia, age 22, and Kaitlyn, age 19
Hometown: Defiance, Ohio
Number of Years in Findlay: 16
Favorite Quote: “Don’t wait for the right opportunity…create it.”, George Bernard Shaw
What would you name your boat if you had one: Ships n’ Giggles
Favorite Travel Destination: Kauai, Hawaii
Favorite Place in Findlay: If not my house or the cafe, our neighbor’s – Logan’s Irish Pub
Favorite Thing to Do in Hancock County: Take a stroll in Riverside Park or Riverbend Recreation Area
Favorite Local Event: Boogie
Favorite Guilty Pleasure: A Flight from Findlay Brewing Company
You can find Lisa at The Baker’s Cafe, located at 408 S. Main Street, during breakfast, lunch, or in the afternoon for a sweet pick-me-up! Visit in-person or order online.