In the last 20 years, Erin Baker has gone from pedaling deliveries of her breakfast cookies to local coffee shops on a blue Schwinn bicycle to managing 38 employees at her bakery, office and retail store in Bellingham.
Her company, Erin Baker’s Wholesome Baked Goods, is celebrating its 20th year in business on Wednesday, Jan. 28. But Baker is looking toward the future of her brand and making plans to get her cookies made from whole grains, nuts, and fruit to a wider audience.
“I feel so blessed and fortunate to be able to do what I love and to do it with people I love. To be able to bake for everybody? I can’t think of anything better,” Baker said. “I’m excited to be where I’m at but even more excited for the future.”
Last November, Baker hired Rob McCormack to be the company’s chief operating officer, and McCormack said he hopes to help the company grow. Currently, Erin Baker’s Wholesome Baked Goods sell best in Whatcom and Skagit counties, he said.
“Erin, she’s stayed pretty quiet these years and I’m not going to let her be quiet any longer,” McCormack said. “She needs to tell her story. She has a special story to tell.”
McCormack and Baker are working to get wider distribution for the company’s products, which includes granola in addition to its range of original breakfast cookies.
In her 20 years in business, Baker said she’s most proud of her “Help Feed 1 Million Kids” program, which has donated more than 230,000 breakfast cookies to kids at the Home Port Learning Center in Bellingham and Boys & Girls Clubs across the state.
Baker will celebrate her 20th year in business with an anniversary ribbon cutting with Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville and a celebration from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Jan. 28, at Baker’s retail store at 427 Ohio Street. Other local companies including Kombucha Town and Bellingham Bay Coffee Roasters will be giving away free samples at the event.