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Written by Heather Penn

Introducing Marlo’s Bakery, winner of the 2018 Golden Ladle award. Sponsored by the Breadline and local soup kitchens, 26 different restaurants battled for the trophy. Winners were decided based on three categories, Judges Pick, People’s Choice and Fan Favorite. Marlo’s won the trophy in the Judges Pick category.  As any small business owner can attest opening, operating and maintaining a small business is a tough racket. Especially when that business comes to Fairbanks. The remote destination, expenses, getting supplies, especially now that Sam’s Club is gone and exposure all dampen the odds for success. Husband and Wife, Tyler and Cathy started their baking business Marlo’s Bakery, not as a storefront but at the Farmers Market. The family spent the previous four summers selling their baked goods and developed quite a following. It seemed people couldn’t get enough of their scrumptious baked goods especially the almond croissants.  An idea was born, a storefront was rented and in March 2017 Marlo’s Bakery entered their next chapter. Both of the couple come from a culinary background. Tyler spent years serving as executive chef at Lavelle’s Bistro and Cathy as head baker, they met, married and honed their talents. The couple knew they wanted to try their hand at baking for themselves and thus began Marlo’s Bakery, named after their daughter Marlo. Today the menu consists of not only baked goods, but also baguettes, savory croissants, soup and custom cakes. Though soup wasn’t always on the menu. The couple heard about the Golden Ladle Soup Off contest and thought why not. The why not turned into a win and soup found a new home. Customers can also find traditional Filipino treats baked by Cathy’s mother. This truly is a family affair as the couples parents fully supported and aided in the new endeavor. Marlo’s Bakery is active in the community and wish to thank the Fairbanks community for their continued support. Check out Marlo’s Bakery at 2034 Airport Way.

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