Seven Stars Bakery’s growth comes at a cost to small businesses in RI

Every action prompts another action. That is how it is with small food businesses as they seek to grow in Rhode Island.

Take Guy Hanuka and his Buns Bakery. He launched the sale of his baked goods at the beginning of the 2020 COVID pandemic. He posted photos of his babka and challah on social media. People placed their orders.

He did his baking and packaging at Hope & Main, the culinary business incubator and commercial kitchen in Warren. He delivered them at designated drop-offs in city parks or parking lots.

Hanuka’s business grew as weekly farmers’ markets returned and he set up tables at several. Eventually, he got some wholesale accounts and even started shipping nationwide on Goldbelly, the online store.

Back in early 2020, Bun's Bakery's Guy Hanuka selects an order from the bags in the back of his car to be delivered to a customers at the pickup point at Lippitt Park in Providence.

That growth prompted a move into a larger kitchen on Royal Little Drive in Providence, home of landlord Ron Ronci’s Ron’s Pastry Gourmet and other businesses. The rent was more, but so were his sales of it. He built his team up to 11 employees who weekly produce 800 babka, 500 to 600 loaves of challah and 1,000 savory pretzels.

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