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Bakery brings special flavor to Sundays

  • Mark Ekstrom grabs a plate of chocolate filled croissants, a customer favorite that Kaytlin Bryant just baked at Auspicious Baking Co. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)
  • Kaytlin Bryant pulls a tray of bakery goods and croissants from the oven at Auspicious Baking Co. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)
  • Croissants cool on a wire tray after being pulled from the oven at Auspicious Baking Co. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)
  • Auspicious Baking Co. is located on Skidaway Road near DeRenne Avenue. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)
  • Kaytlin Bryant and Mark Ekstrom are the owners and operators of Auspicious Baking Co. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

It hasn’t taken long for Auspicious Baking Company to live up to its name. The shop at 5224 Skidaway Road has only been open for two months, but you can find a line outside every Sunday morning — the only day they’re open.

“We started out just offering (bread) for co-workers and friends. It was $5 a loaf, a couple dollars for some cookies. And that quickly grew, every week we were busier and busier,” said Mark Ekstrom, who owns and operates Auspicious with Kaytlin Bryant.

“… We’re trying to stick to the Sundays only. It’s been a good turnout for us, and we’ve been really enjoying it. I love having the hype about it. It’s unique and creates a sense of, ‘oh I got to have it,’” he said of the unusual schedule.

With just the two of them, the couple said it takes about three days to prepare for their Sunday menu, which includes an array of both sweet and savory buttery croissants, breads, homemade pop tarts and brownies made with Ekstrom’s family recipe.

Bryant, who handles most of the baking, is self-taught and got her start in Savannah’s baking world at Rum Runners Bakery and Café.

“… Pretty much within two years of working there, I had free reign over their menu and added some of my own items there. … It was a great opportunity for me,” she said.

Bryant left Rum Runners in March, and the couple got to work on the renovations and menu details at the Skidaway shop and they haven’t looked back since.

“We started focusing on really finalizing recipes, what we were going to offer, how we were going to operate and what type of baking company we wanted to be and here we are now,” she said.

To help with the growing business, Bryant’s mother and sister along with Ekstrom’s grandmother will be moving to Savannah. They’ll be taking the last Sunday in August off to help with the move, so tomorrow is your last chance to stock up until Sept. 3.

“I don’t think we were expecting the growth, which has been an amazing thing for us, so now we have to keep up with demand,” said, Ekstrom adding that they’ll be increasing inventory so that they’ve got pastries and breads left for those people who aren’t waiting outside at 7:30 a.m. each Sunday.

“… We offer a great product, and it’s only going to get better because of our passion and the testing and the time we put into it. We’re self-taught bakers, so we had to make it unique.”

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What: Auspicious Baking Company

When: Sunday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until sold out

Where: 5224 Skidaway Rd.

Info: www.facebook.com/auspiciousbakingco/

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