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Georgia State welcomes a new location of Highland Bakery on campus.
With Highland Bakery locations at Georgia Tech and Emory, founder/ owner Stacey Eames knows how to thrive on college campuses. “The best thing is that you have a captive clientele and lots of repeat customers,” she says. “I think we served some of Georgia Tech’s architecture students for their entire college careers.”
Eames suspects that her newest location on Georgia State University’s campus will see lots of student customers. She’s acquiring permits and plans to open Highland Bakery in the former Sun Trust Bank Building across from Woodruff Park this month. Now owned by Georgia State, the skyscraper houses many of the departments in the College of Arts and Sciences. “An added plus is that we’ll be in the heart of downtown, with lots of buildings around, in the middle of a vibrant business community,” she says.
The two-story, 2,900-squarefoot space is being remodeled to include quick counter service and indoor and outdoor seating. “It’s a beautiful space with a mezzanine and lots of glass,” says Eames. Besides the bakery’s signature pastries and breads, Eames plans to offer some vegan, paleo and gluten-free options, similar to those she introduced at Press and Grind in Virginia-Highland.
There will be smoothies, too, and, says Eames, “We also have some new coffees and elixirs to introduce to the campus. We want to do what we can to help students be more productive, or just stay awake in class.”
STORY: Laura Raines