Carriage Town Bakery opens on the outskirts of downtown Flint

Flint, MI—Despite the first snow of the season and what food service manager John Rigg called a “quiet opening,” the Carriage Town Bakery soft launch saw a steady stream of customers ordering donuts for dozen on the morning of November 15, 2022.

The bakery at 604 Garland St. grew out of the success of Blueline Donuts, a business arm of Carriage Town Ministries’ work that provides low-cost, transitional employment to shelter residents and other members of the homeless community.

“This has been a dream since we started making donuts,” Rigg said, perched on a low-backed white stool at the bakery’s new countertop. “The vision is to give our transitioning employees a place to gain retail skills.”

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