'Laine's Bake Shop
Civic Projects’ relationship with ‘Laine’s Bake Shop started in Bronzeville, when Rachel Bernier-Green participated in an Urban Activators project. A three-day event facilitated and developed by the Metropolitan Planning Council, Bronzeville Retail Initiative and students served as a temporary, small scale prototype for retailers. Four years later, the bakery has expanded from retail pop-ups to supplying Whole Foods and Starbucks. Looking to expand to a new permanent location, ‘Laine’s Bake Shop approached Civic Projects to design a space in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood. The design, developed in partnership with Shed Studio, not only quadruples the space of the bakery, but also hosts a large production area to meet the rising demand for the bakery’s goods. Inside, a long wooden counter stretches along the front windows, allowing customers to sit and enjoy the views. Working closely with Norman Teague, Civic Projects developed custom millwork that stretches toward the ceiling behind the counter, showcasing merchandise and providing visual interest and texture to the shop’s interior. Working with ‘Laine’s, Civic Projects has also developed concepts for an upcoming Pullman location. ‘Laine’s has recently received a Neighborhood Opportunity Fund grant from the City of Chicago and construction will begin soon.