Bakeries are moving from weekend farmers markets to permanent storefronts

These once home-based specialty bakeries opened their first storefronts this year. And while we're loving their takes on classic confections, these new roots mean menus expanding into the realm of savory with very sweet results.

Sassafras Bakery

AJ Perry grew up baking with her mother on a farm in Vickery, Ohio, and spent her Saturday mornings watching PBS cooking shows instead of cartoons. Now, Perry and her staff of five at Sassafras Bakery-which opened in August in Worthington-turn out classic pies, cookies, brownies and muffins that trigger nostalgia for customers longing for mom's homemade treats. "You're not going to get that kind of quality at a Kroger or a Giant Eagle," Perry says.

Try something sweet: Apple pie with homemade crust and local apples

Or something savory: Cheddar quiche with caramelized onions, apples and bleu cheese

Kittie's Cakes

Named for co-owner Mollie Fankhauser's mother (who also lent a few of her recipes), Kittie's Cakes, which Mollie opened with Kelly Fankhauser in German Village last April, is known for made-from-scratch cakes and mini cupcakes as well as new breakfast treats. Although the recent cupcake trend has seemingly come and gone, Kittie's mini versions are still in high demand. "We often introduce new products," Mollie says. "I think cupcakes may be more of a trend, but they'll never go away because a lot of people love cupcakes."

Try something sweet: Classic Buckeye cupcake with dark chocolate buttercream icing and a peanut butter center

Or something savory: Biscuit & Jam with homemade jams


Kolache Republic

When Doug Sauer, Dusty Kotchou and Rick Jardiolin decided to introduce Columbus to kolaches in 2010, they weren't sure whether Kolache Republic's doughy Czech pastries filled with fruit, nuts, sweet cheese and meat would catch on. "Fortunately for us, there are a lot of transplanted Texans in town," Sauer says. "They're really familiar with kolaches, so they've been getting the word out for us." After success at local farmers markets, the partners opened a 750-square-foot storefront with seating for 12 last July.

Try something sweet: Cheese Kolache with sweet cream cheese

Or something savory: Bierock with seasoned ground beef, sauerkraut and onion