The Lakehouse Bakery in Chelsea is at Risk of Closing, Asking for Community’s Help

Friends of The Lakehouse Bakery in Chelsea are asking the community to help this tasty shop stay afloat.

The Lakehouse Bakery
Image courtesy of The Lakehouse Bakery.

The Lakehouse Bakery in Chelsea, Michigan has recently had a GoFundMe started in their honor. 

The Lakehouse Bakery is a small, locally-owned shop that serves the community. This small shop currently employs 6 people and provides delicious treats to local restaurants and small businesses in Chelsea. According to the GoFundMe page, everything in the store is made from scratch and almost every ingredient is locally sourced. 

Keegan Rodgers, the owner of Lakehouse Bakery, is a visible member of the community. Before opening The Lakehouse Bakery, Rodgers was the Prepared Foods Manager for the People’s Food Co-Op in Kerrytown. He’s also a recurring instructor for the Ann Arbor District Library and an instructor at Washtenaw Community College. This past December, The Lakehouse Bakery also participated in Hometown Chelsea, safely providing gingerbread house kits to our community.

The GoFundMe was started by a friend of Keegan Rodgers. Due to the effects of COVID-19 and the stay-at-home orders, the small, local bakery has faced many financial constraints. Because of the reduced capacity and ordered closures, the bakery had to forfeit sales to ensure the safety of the community. 

Every time the bakery was short on staff, Rodgers would step in to help. However, recently Rodgers has fallen ill and was hospitalized, meaning he won’t be able to step in when the bakery needs. His staff is phenomenal, but are also struggling with keeping everything afloat until Rodgers gets better. 

Friends of The Lakehouse Bakery are asking the community to help keep this local bakery going. It is a popular spot in Chelsea, and in the first 8 hours of the GoFundMe’s creation, it raised more than $11,000. However, the bakery still needs an additional push. Currently, the bakery is almost halfway to its goal.

Those who are interested in helping the bakery can visit the GoFundMe page here.

1534 Sugarloaf Lake Rd., Chelsea. 734-306-3394. thelakehousebakery.com.