Nancy Clasemann’s creative outlet is baking. In 2015 she launched her business, Baking Traditions, out of her own kitchen, introducing the public to her products at the weekly Lawrence Farmers Market and through special orders. Her baked goods were a hit and in October 2018 Nancy opened her storefront at 4036 SW Huntoon Street.

Baking Traditions is a from-scratch, hand-craft, bakery, known, in particular, for its muffins, cookies, mini breads or quick breads and “English style” scones.

“There’s that hidden ingredient called love,” says Nancy, “that you can’t get without the scratch baking.”

Serving breakfast and lunch, the bakery also provides a few vegan, dairy-free and egg-free options for customers with certain food aversions. One of Nancy’s special lunch items for the dog days of summer include chilled soups: Cucumber Yogurt Dill and Gazpacho.

Nancy takes pride in leveraging local ingredients for her creations as much as possible. Customers can enjoy local-grown organic greens and fruit, locally roasted coffee and more.

“The recipes, the ingredients are the ‘it’ factor,” claims Nancy, describing her bakery’s specific edge on the competition.

In September and October 2019, Baking Traditions will offer specialty in-house baking classes. Participants will potentially be able to make specialty items such as pie crusts, bread, scones, croissants, dressing and vinaigrettes – all from scratch. There will be kid-friendly baking classes, as well.

Nancy sites “the satisfaction in seeing people be delighted in what they’re purchasing from you” as her motivation. What’s more, “it’s that desire to feed and nourish people, and nourishment isn’t always about the food – it’s all about what you put into it.”

Baking Traditions also offers catering for special events. To learn more, check out the bakery’s Facebook page. Questions for Nancy? Contact her via email or at 785.783.8029.