Mitten Raised (4661 Okemos Road) opened on May 19. Since then, Katie Anne Lambert and Leah Fabian have been baking to bring “world class, handcrafted, baked goods to the Mitten State,” as promoted in their website.
Born out of Lambert’s love for baking and Fabian’s contributing work, Mitten Raised is said to have baked goods and an experience customers won’t forget.
A world traveler, Lambert gained experience working in Vail, Colorado, with top pastry chefs. She also spent time in Maui working at Wolfgang Puck’s Spago, located inside the Four Seasons resort in Wailea but something about Michigan brought her back.
“After moving around and falling in love with the different places, it made me realize how lucky I was growing up in Michigan,” Lambert said. “Michigan represents family to me. I love having a place that so many people connect with for all kinds of reasons.”
Family is something that Lambert brings up time and time again.
“When I was younger my Grandma was always baking and you could always find me right there beside her,” she said. “The memories I have of baking are from when my mom would throw me parties. I would decorate cookies and share recipes with all my friends.”
Memories of baking with relatives is something that connects Lambert to Fabian. Both of them bake the entirety of Mitten Raised’s menu.
Fabian got involved at the bakery through a family she was nannying for because Lambert had done some cakes for their relatives. Fabian has been working at Mitten Raised since it opened. At first she worked part time. Since July she’s full time.
“I love baking because it’s like chemistry and art combined,” Fabian said.
While this is Fabian’s first bakery job, she’s been interested in it since childhood. Similar to Lambert, her grandparents were involved in forming her passion.
“My grandparents taught me how to bake and cook so it helps me feel connected to them,” Fabian said. “They’ve both passed now but it feels like they’re still a part of me.”
This connection is something that Lambert loves.
“We are more than just a bakery,” Lambert said. “We don’t just sell our baked goods, it’s all about giving people the best experience and making memories, from our customer service to our baked goods.”