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Kansas Originals adds baked goods

POSTED: April 23, 2012 7:00 a.m.
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Chef Robin Henry of Russell, the new baker at Kansas Originals Gallery and Market in Wilson, prepares a batch of homemade muffins on a recent Friday morning.

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ILSON — The sweet smell of fresh-baked banana/pineapple muffins, chocolate chip/walnut cookies and iced, double fudge brownies greeted customers Friday morning at Kansas Originals Market and Gallery in Wilson.
The homemade treats were prepared on-site in Kansas Originals’ own certified baking kitchen by Chef Robin Henry of Russell.
“We want to have some more offerings for the people that stop,” said Marge Lawson, chief executive officer of Post Rock Opportunities Foundation. “Baked goods aren’t that available in the area, especially for those coming off of the highway. We also want to attract local people to come out and get some too.”
Lawson said Chef Henry will also offer cinnamon rolls and other baked items to customers.
“Especially, we would like to have the highway workers know that they can come over and get some fresh-baked goods to have for whatever part of the day they want to eat it,” she said.
In addition to baked goods, Lawson said she is looking at offering sandwiches in the near future to Kansas Originals customers.
“Our overall plan is to enlarge an area and have a couple of little tables for people who want to eat baked goods and have a cup of coffee,” she said. “We have not got that accomplished yet. It’s going to take some special financing.”
Lawson said space is her biggest challenge in getting the bakery up and running.
“This place is small in its own way for doing this sort of thing,” she said. “We’re having to move a lot of our own art and other things to accommodate the food.”
Lawson said food products from Kansas vendors are one of Kansas Originals biggest sellers, and she is expanding that line.
“We have very unique, gourmet-type food that people really like,” she said. “And our homemade Kansas baked goods fit right in with that.”
“We’re really excited to be offering our new baked goods to our local community as well as the tourists,” said Henry.
Henry is the wife of Tim Henry, the sales and marketing manager at Wilson Telephone Company, Inc.
She has a degree in culinary arts from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, N.M.
“We moved here from Albuquerque in November,” she said.
In Albuquerque, Henry owned a cake design and catering business.
“I specialized in pastry, wedding cakes, and wedding cake design,” she said.
Henry said she took the job at Kansas Originals to help stimulate the community while at the same time helping Lawson build her business, especially through the very challenging time of road construction on Interstate 70.
Henry will bake items on Tuesdays and Fridays.
“They will be available through the week,” she said. “We’re going to see how it goes. We’re going to offer a couple dozen of each of the offerings, then as we get more people coming in, then we’ll start offering more of a variety, and also orders.”

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