It’s a “New Age” for the building that has long-served downtown New Carlisle as a bakery.
The site which formerly hosted Ralph’s Bakery is now home to the New Age Baking Company owned by No’Val and Lori Alexander.
The new bakery opened up to customers on Saturday, April 22 and has been a hit ever since.
“We thought it would be a great idea to open the bakery back up again,” No’Val said, noting that he ultimately chose this location because of the hometown atmosphere.
While No’Val is a native of Gary, Indiana, Lori was born and raised in New Carlisle. She can remember visiting Ralph’s Bakery since she was a child.
No’Val brings over 20 years of experience in the baking industry. He has previously managed production for companies that have produced for major restaurant chains such as Denny’s, McDonald’s, and Burger King. He is a graduate of the American Institute of Baking in Manhattan, Kansas.
Despite all of his experience, opening up a bakery of his own is a new venture for No’Val.
“I’ve been in this industry a long time, so I decided to open a small shop so people can enjoy a pastry and beverage for a low cost,” he said.
The prices are very affordable, as a donut costs just 89 cents, while cupcakes go for $1.75. No’Val also offers a special deal where customers can grab a drink out of the cooler and get a donut for just $2.00.
New Age Baking aims to provide good, high quality products ranging from donuts, cookies, brownies, cupcakes, cakes, and much more.
No’Val says he has a passion for baking and a special way of making his products, which takes time to make them perfect. The New Age Bakery's specialty will be their different flavored donuts.
The early reviews from people around town certainly support that. New Carlisle resident Joshua Esquibel has already made multiple visits in the short time the bakery has been open.
“The owners are so warm and welcoming,” Esquibel said. “The donuts are the best I’ve had! Especially the orange dreamsicle.”
So far, the list of other donut flavors has included: strawberry, banana-strawberry, maple, caramel, lemon, vanilla, and chocolate frosting.
“I have tried almost every flavor except the strawberry-banana one, I’m excited to try that next,” Esquibel said.
Esquibel is not alone in his excitement for the new bakery, as residents have flocked downtown to try the pastries. On just their second day of business, No’Val says they sold out of 172 cinnamon rolls in about 40 minutes.
Family is the theme at the New Age Baking Company, as it will be a family-run business. In addition to seeing No’Val and Lori behind the counter, sister-in-law Roxsana Willoughby will also be working at the shop. No’Val anticipates training a staff as the business grows.
No’Val hopes to build something for his kids to run one day.
The New Age Baking Company is open every day of the week. The shop opens at 6:00am on weekdays and 9:00am on the weekends. They close whenever they run out of product.
No’Val says the last batch is usually made at 2:30pm, and they have been selling out consistently.
So make sure you get into the New Age Bakery and grab a pastry before they’re gone!