Bakery poised to open this week
Tonganoxie's newest eating spot, Crescent Moon Bakery, opens this week in downtown Tonganoxie.
The opening of the shop at 512 E. Fourth culminates the completion of construction, much of which owner Kelly Vogel has done herself.
Vogel said she plans to start out slow, giving samples of her baked goods on Thursday and having a carryout business this weekend.
Vogel said her menu will be varied as she discovers her customers' likes.
She plans to start out with cookies, pies, muffins, Danish pastries, croissants, breads and rolls. As soon as her doughnut fryer is hooked up, she will add doughnuts to her menu.
"I think that the town will let me know what they like," Vogel said. "Over time I will be able to predict the needs of my customers."
And, within weeks, Vogel plans to begin offering a single lunch selection each day, such as a sandwich and salad or soup or lasagne with bread.
And of course, Vogel said, "People are free to stay for dessert after lunch."
Vogel plans to eventually serve cappuccino and lattes, as well as the basics such as coffee and tea, soft drinks and frozen beverages.
The bakery, which will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, will also be open on Sunday.
When Vogel purchased the building, which houses Holst Pharmacy in the eastern half, there was no plumbing on the side that now houses the bakery.
Since then, the building has been rewired, plumbing installed, gas lines put in.
"This is really a new building now," Vogel said.
During the construction, she learned about construction firsthand, installing ceramic tile on the walls and floor, hanging ceiling tiles and applying stucco to the walls.
The result is a light and airy restaurant with a spacious kitchen, office and storage space in the back and a dining area that will seat 24.
"I enjoyed the process of doing this," Vogel said. "But I'm ready to go on to the next step, which is opening up."