Isabelle Krake, the 17-year-old proprietor of Boise’s Bakery, said she’s accomplished her goals: learning to run a business and saving up money for school.
After producing cookies, coffee cakes and some of the most unusual French macarons around (think lavender/honey, mint/strawberry and peanut butter and jelly) for 3 1/2 years, Krake’s bakery inside her family’s shop — Bee Wise Goods at 3017 W. State St. — will close for good at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 4.
Krake, who was just 14 when she opened her bakery, is headed off to the College of Western Idaho in the fall to study horticulture.
The idea of being outside and gardening is appealing after her time in the kitchen, she said, though closing the shop is bittersweet. She will stay involved by providing recipes and photography for Makers Unwound. The “grassroots” quarterly glossy magazine, published through Bee Wise Goods, features stories of creative folks and their projects in the Pacific Northwest.
The first issue was published last fall and is available at Bee Wise Goods and other local stores and online. The team is hard at work on the next issue, which will be released in April and will include articles on the new UP Maker Space in Garden City and an art project involving Altoid tins among other features. Krake will also spend her summer working on her other side business, painting artistic chalkboard signs for local business.
Isabelle is part of a creative, entrepreneurial family. Her mother, Gabrielle Krake, started selling reusable grocery bags through Etsy.com in 2008. Her business grew into Bee Wise Goods, which opened its State Street location in 2012. Bee Wise Goods sells housewares, jewelry and other items made by local craftspeople.
Isabelle’s bakery success, said Gabrielle, “is such an inspiration.” She wasn’t sure whether Isabelle would go to culinary school. She’s fielded a couple job offers from local restaurants looking for a pastry chef. But that didn’t seem to fit her daughter’s temperament, said Gabrielle. Horticulture school is a return to the past when the two worked together, designing people’s gardens.
“She’s always been involved in art, and drawing and painting flowers. It all makes sense,” said Gabrielle.
Throughout her bakery’s run, Isabelle has hosted Macaron Saturdays, when her signature cookies are available. March 4 will be the final Macaron Saturday. The swan song flavors: lemon/raspberry and pecan/ chocolate/caramel. The bakery opens at 10 a.m.
A book of Boise’s Bakery recipes will be available to bakery fans some time the week of March 6 for $5.
Though the bakery will close, the kitchen will remain intact at Bee Wise Goods. It will become a test kitchen for recipes profiled in Makers Unwound, said Gabrielle.