Help us open Leavened bakery shop in Old Town

by Izabela Stuchlik in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

We did it
On 30th April 2023 we successfully raised £7,037 with 158 supporters in 35 days

We are opening a little bakery shop in Stevenage Old Town and need your help setting it up!

by Izabela Stuchlik in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom


Our story 

Leavened was born over two years ago, during lockdown, out of love and passion for good, honest and simple bread. My vision is to share such a wonderful yet humble creation with my community.  

We found a place in the Stevenage Indoor Market and built a small bakery within. Over those two years I was very lucky to find my small tribe to work with, people who share my passion and want to give to others. None of us were bakers from the start but all we think about now, nearly every hour of our days, is how you can mix some flour, water, salt, time and love and create a beautiful loaf. And then share it with other people, who take it home to share it even more.  

But there is a problem – we simply don’t have enough footfall in the market. 


Why stall in the market isn't enough? 

Everyone who comes by loves our bread, but the location is just not strong enough to sustain the number of regular customers that we need.  

In addition, we are only allowed to access the market from 6.30 am till 6 pm from Wednesday till Saturday and 6.30 am till 1.30 pm on a Tuesday. That’s not a lot of time for a bakery! So we desperately need additional premises.    

About the shop 

Opening an independent shop will enable us to extend our trading hours, access our business when we want to and open our doors in the evenings (occasionally). That means more delicious bread and baked good for everybody!  

We have found an amazing space in Old Town high Street, Stevenage, where we will be able to create our own space, where we will be able to invite you to buy bread, have some good coffee and share a pastry or two with your family or friends. My dream has always been to create a meeting point filled with warmth, smell of cinnamon, sugar and butter.  

The time has come for that to become a reality. 


How is it going to work? 

We will keep on baking in our market's kitchen and deliver all the goods to the new shop. There is a space for a small kitchen set up in Old Town where we will be able to bake some extra buns and cakes when the market isn't open.  


Why not move it all to High Street?  

The space there isn't big enough, but it will make an amazing meeting place the market doesn't provide and broaden our customer base.  

What will your money go towards? 

With your support we will be able to equip the shop with  

a bespoke counter,  

fitting of ventilation, 

 benches and tables,  

a small domestic oven (or two),  

equipment, cups and plates  

…..and, if budget allows, a small bread oven, that will allow us to run sourdough workshops which many of you have been asking for. 




This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£15 or more

15 of 50 claimed

£15 Leavened limited edition tea towel

Treat yourself to one of our limited edition tea towels, they are 100% cotton and will feature our beautiful bread. A great way to support us if you aren't local as we will post them everywhere in the world.

£25 or more

4 of 10 claimed

£25 a selection of 4 doughnuts (23 July only)

Celebrate beginning of summer holidays with a selection of our doughnuts, they are always the most popular treat we do! You will receive 4 doughnuts available to be picked up on the first Sunday of summer holiday 2023 (23 July). These will only be available on this date so if you will be away or already know you won't be able to make it, please note we won't offer doughnuts on any other day.They are worth the wait!

£100 or more

8 of 10 claimed

£100 pierogi workshop

Spend an evening making famous Polish dumplings. You will try 5 different pierogi fillings (one of them will be baked). I will show you how to make the dough, how to shape them and what to serve them with. The workshop will be followed by a feast and you will get to take some home. The workshop will take place in August.

£10 or more

50 of 50 claimed

£10 coffee and a cinnamon bun

Our delicious cinnamon bun accompanied by a cup of coffee (or a hot drink of your choice)

£15 or more

20 of 20 claimed

£15 a bag of mixed biscuits

Treat yourself to a packet of 10 mixed biscuits baked and composed for you, share with friends or eat by yourself, no judgement!

£25 or more

13 of 13 claimed

£25 tote bag and a loaf

Leavened Tote bag and a loaf of "just bread" (classic sourdough)

£25 or more

10 of 10 claimed

£25 4 loaves of any sourdough

Choose any 4 of our beautiful breads, have them all at once or over a few weeks, it is up to you!

£35 or more

3 of 3 claimed

£35 Knead Peace Cookbook, a loaf and a chutney

Knead Peace is a book created by bakers in support for Ukraine, take a copy away along with a loaf of sourdough and chutney of your choice.

£40 or more

5 of 5 claimed

£40 celebration bundt cake

One of our beautiful bundt cakes made to order just for you, you can have it for any occasion (or no occasion at all!). Cakes will be available to order from 15th June 2023.

£60 or more

8 of 8 claimed

£60 a full tray of Leavened chocolate brownies

Get lost in our gooey and rich chocolate brownie, share it with your close ones (or not!)

£90 or more

9 of 9 claimed

£90 bread, cheese and wine quiz night for two

Take part in our one and only quiz night! Lets meet up, eat some bread covered with a thick layer of butter accompanied by cheese (vegan option available) drink some good wine and have a laugh. All events will take part in August.

£300 or more

5 of 5 claimed

£300 one loaf per week for a year

Pick up a loaf of your choice once a week from our shop for a whole year (52 loaves).

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