Owned by Gillian Shaw Lundgren, Black Jet Baking Co. is a family-owned, neighborhood wholesale and retail bakery in Bernal Heights. They specialize in classic American-style desserts and are now offering breads and breakfast items. They’re always expanding their selection, so keep an eye on their menu and visit often to catch what’s new!
“Since I was a kid, I’ve loved baking, and my parents were good in the kitchen too, but I wasn’t pursuing food as a career. Several years ago I was working in a law firm and had to decide whether or not to go to law school. I decided to go to culinary school, began working in various bakeries and restaurants, and I knew that I wanted to create a business that would be that neighborhood spot,” recalls Gillian.
Founded in 2012, Black Jet Baking Co. expanded into their retail location in March 2017. Gillian used her loan from Main Street Launch to open her brick and mortar, located at 833 Cortland Avenue in San Francisco. “I’ve never asked for money like this before,” explains Gillian. “I assumed it would be hard and the process would be cold, but at Main Street Launch I felt cared for. Everyone I worked with was so nice, and having a referral from Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center made getting started a lot easier.”
“Everyone at Main Street Launch is so supportive and excited for our success,” says Gillian.
Gillian offers advice for aspiring entrepreneurs: “If you want to own a bakery, you should work in a few first. Take your time to get to know how other people run their businesses. There will always be something challenging that you’ll face when you’re a business owner, but trust yourself – you can handle it.”
Drop by Black Jet Baking Co. and visit their beautiful retail location Wednesday through Sunday. They’re already preparing for Thanksgiving, so place your orders. Their pies are a hit at holiday tables! Visit their website to learn more.