Special Kneads and Treats opened their doors at the new, larger facility in Lawrenceville on August 1, 2017. The bakery, previously located in a storefront space for three and one-half years on the Historic Lawrenceville Square, moved into an expansive 12,000-square-foot building located at 156 Scenic Highway, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30046.
The non-profit organization co-founded by Michael and Tempa Kohler was started for their son, Bradley, now twenty-seven years old, who has special needs. “We began Special Kneads and Treats so that he had a place where he could be able to work,” said Tempa. “My husband and I decided that we’d open a bakery. The Lord had other plans for it. When things began to take off, we started employing other special-needs adults.”
As demand for their sweet treats and services increased, Special Kneads and Treats quickly outgrew their space. The former 300-square-foot kitchen wasn’t able to provide enough task space for the wheelchair-bound employees. Michael added, “This morning, six stainless steel, adjustable tables were delivered. A hand-crank allows the tables to be raised or lowered to accommodate those employees in wheelchairs or to allow others to stand and work. Staff, who require wheelchairs or walkers, are now able to maneuver around comfortably in the new 2,600-square-foot kitchen.”
Tempa explained that donations could also be in the form of consumable goods. “We accept donations of all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, salt, pudding mixes (i.e. vanilla, chocolate, sugar-free vanilla or chocolate puddings), peanut butter, pecans, honey, and even sprinkles.”
The Special Kneads bakery produces delectable treats to include decadent cupcakes, personalized birthday cakes, heavenly cheesecakes, specialty cookies, and their scrumptious white chocolate-covered, puffed corn treat – “Choc Corn.”
The hours for Special Kneads and Treats is Monday: closed; Tuesday - Saturday: 9 am – 5 pm; Sunday: “Closed for God and family.”
For more information, to make a difference with a donation, or to sponsor a birthday cake, visit: http://www.specialkneadsandtreats.org.