Dana's Bakery - District 9
Business Name: Dana's Bakery
Business Location: 720 N Homewood Ave, Homewood
Spending some time in the show room at Dana's Bakery, one will see a cross section of Homewood. The bakery has been a staple in the community for over 40 years, providing everyone's favorite sweet treats from almost a dozen different cookies to the famous doughnuts and sought after sheet cakes. They turn out some darn good sweet potato pies as well.
Joe Simmons opened the bakery in 1978, and when asked about what allowed him to achieve such success and longevity he states simply "It's hard work and you’ve got to love what your doing." Joe comes in every evening around 10:30pm to begin making doughnuts, both to be sold in his retail store and for special orders for groups and institutions that he also receives. Then, at 6am everyday Dana's is open for business to the public.
All the doughnuts are deep fried by hand, and served by Joe and his son. As Homewood continues to grow and improve, and N Homewood Ave again becomes home to a group of neighborhood serving businesses through the efforts of groups like the Homewood Brushton Business Association and Operation Better Block, Dana's will continue to serve as a hub, a place where neighbors bump into each other, and an anchor in this resurgent community.
Honorable Mention: NSide Out Spaces, Christian Hughes