The pair who introduced Brew to the Village of East Davenport is soon to unveil Baked Beer & Bread Co.
Just short of two years after the tiny coffee shop/bar/restaurant opened at the corner of 11th Street and Jersey Ridge Road, Stephanie Sellers and Bill Sheeder are expanding their Village presence into the much larger building that formerly housed the Woodland Gallery.
Sellers is a baker who ran herself ragged for several years in her LeClaire bakery she called The Sweet Life. She tried to do too much, she said, and the lessons she learned from her first business, she carried into her second.
While Brew is doing well in the Village, Baked has many more moving parts, beginning with the building. The property at 1111 Mound St. is no cottage.
It offers plenty of room for Sellers to have an ample kitchen in the rear and a walk-in bakery at street level.
Along one wall of the bakery bar and seating area, customers will be able to look over a railing and into the beer-brewing tanks below.
Another large commercial kitchen will serve the restaurant that will occupy the expansive former gallery at the back of the building.
"We're thrilled," Sellers said last week. "Our timing is great, and we love the Village.
"We want it to succeed as a community. I think everybody's getting excited to be part of this."
While the couple hopes to open the bakery portion of the building in a couple of weeks, the brewery and full-scale restaurant is likely to take a couple of months.
As for the "Little LeClaire" comparison, Sellers is one of several newer Village merchants who also have done business upriver.
"Wide River Winery, right across the street, is in LeClaire, too," she said. "I'm glad they're open now, because we need some wine in our lives.
"We may be kind of a Little LeClaire, but we're also an extension of downtown Davenport with a neighborhood.
"We're coming into our own right now. We have lots of creative, ambitious people.
"In the next year or next few years, some other community will be called Little Village."