BROKEN BOW—Sweets and treats are now available when you walk inside the historic Arrow Hotel in downtown Broken Bow (509 S 9th Ave, Broken Bow, NE 68822). The new Bonfire Bakery hosted its grand opening and ribbon cutting on March 13 and was presented with a GROW Award by the Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce.
The Bonfire Grill and Pub welcomes new pastry chef Bailey Frey from central Pennsylvania. She developed a love for baking at a young age from helping her grandmother bake birthday cakes for friends and family. Frey graduated with an associate’s degree in baking and pastry arts from the Pennsylvania College of Technology. During her schooling Frey worked at the Kentucky Derby and the Breeder’s Cup.
“It’s my job but it started as a hobby and it will always be a hobby,” Frey told KCNI/KBBN during a remote broadcast and Facebook Live video as part of the March 13 Get Up and Go Breakfast Show.
General Manager of the Arrow Hotel Hannah Wolf is also from Pennsylvania and Hannah reached out to Bailey about starting up a new bakery. Their boyfriends work together at Becton Dickinson and Bailey and boyfriend Nate have a seven-month old daughter, Kennedy.
The bakery is open 24/7 and will feature a variety of cakes, cheesecakes, scones, cookies, muffins, and many other specialty items.
Frey enjoyed time with her grandma growing up and says her career is “exhilarating” with long hours, but it pays off.
“It’s been so much but it’s all out of excitement! This is a huge opportunity for myself and my family. We came out here because of Nate and this opened up and I honestly wasn’t looking to get into anything and I was just like, ‘wow this is perfect and this is me.’ I pretty much choose what I want to put out and have what the people want,” Frey told KCNI/KBBN.
Bailey said the bakery offers her a lot of freedom, creativity, and she invites the public to check out the Bonfire Bakery!
“I’m excited to see where it goes,” Frey added.