Sweet Treats & Social Impact
As a social enterprise bakery, we are a training ground for women seeking a fresh start. We strive to employ, equip & empower women as they transition toward a new career from backgrounds of abuse and exploitation. We do this by hosting a Career Development Program on site to prepare women with essential life, work and leadership skills for their future careers. By no means is the bakery the end goal for our participants. Rather, the very opposite; Scarlet’s Bakery is only the beginning.
No Small Dream
After several years of supporting women in some of their darkest times, Scarlet Hope, our non-profit parent organization, decided to take their efforts a step further. The concept of a job training facility was established. Scarlet’s Bakery’s intention as a social enterprise is to provide a tangible “next step” for women aspiring to advance the trajectory of their lives, both at home and in their work.
In 2014, the idea of a bakery was brought to life. Rachelle Starr, the Scarlet Hope’s Founder and Executive Director, always had the idea of utilizing baking and catering, one of her own passions, as a vehicle to cultivating leadership, customer service, and kitchen skills for women who are active in seeking life change.
After months of renovations, the vision became a reality at the end of 2015. In December 2015, the transformation from what was formerly a Pharmacy, to a beautiful bakery was completed. The revitalized brick and mortar building at the corner of Oak and Shelby Streets is now a very literal place of rest and restoration, where women are beginning a new season of self-empowering work; work that honors their personal dignity and inherent worth.
We continue to be inspired by how this dream has manifested into reality and is affecting lives every day. This social enterprise is a groundbreaking beacon of hope for the common good in our Louisville community. We hope you’ll come visit and see for yourself how doing good never tasted so good.
We love our bright, open space. So much so, we’ve decided to share. You can now host private events at our bakery— from business meetings and birthdays, to showers and holiday parties, Scarlet’s is a space where you can gather and celebrate. Let us take the mess and stress away from your planning, and allow us to do the work. Our space can accommodate up to 18 guests.
We look forward to hosting you.
Call us here: 502-290-7112