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Wild Oven bakery opens today

Posted: October 6, 2011 - 11:04pm
Daniel Martin of Wild Oven will be holding his Grand Opening at his new bread shop on Franklin Street today.  Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
Daniel Martin of Wild Oven will be holding his Grand Opening at his new bread shop on Franklin Street today.

Wild Oven Bakehouse has operated out of Rainbow Foods in downtown for two years, but today it opens as its own store at 299 B N. Franklin St., next to The Observatory bookstore.

Proprietor Daniel Martin, 29, said he’s opening the doors on the two-year anniversary of making his first bread loaves at Rainbow Foods. Martin deals in old world breads using organic ingredients.

Martin has pursued his own store for more than three years. He said his breads have always been successful at Rainbow Foods with his weekend production runs of 120 to 140 loaves always selling out.

“The reception has been incredible,” Martin said.

Still, having his own establishment was always the plan. He said this Franklin Street space has housed a few businesses, including a French restaurant. He said he’s had his eye on it his whole time while working out Rainbow Foods and went for it when it became available. The original ovens were still inside when he got there.

“I saw this place had potential and I wanted to turn it back to the kind of place it was,” he said.

Martin got into baking when he was working at an organic farm in Kentucky. Inspired by the book, “Wild Fermentation,” he thought this style of bread would be a good niche for Juneau when he moved here a few years ago.

And that’s what he did at the downtown natural food store, all while keeping his eye on the prize of having his own operation. He said the new retail shop will afford him more production days and a whole new type of exposure for his work..

Wild Oven will be open from 11:30 am. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

Martin has future goals for his baking career too. He said the next phase, although still in the distant future, would be bring a wood-fired brick oven to Juneau. He said those make the best breads.

• Contact reporter Jonathan Grass at 523-2276 or jonathan.grass@juneauempire.com.

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