On July, 1, locals Kyle Swift and Dallin Harris took over La Loba's Bakery & Cafe located on County Road 30A. The two plan to expand the venue's menu, renovate the interior and change the joint's name to Blue Mountain Bakery.
BLUE MOUNTAIN BEACH — Two Walton County locals recently decided to put their own twist on a hometown bakery.
On July 1, Santa Rosa Beach residents, business partners and friends Kyle Swift and Dallin Harris took over La Loba's Bakery & Cafe located on County Road 30A.
With backgrounds working in the food industry — Swift operating a catering company and Harris being the former owner of a Mexican grill — the two said they stumbled upon the business while searching for a way to expand their culinary footprint.
"This kind of came out of nowhere," Swift said. "I was in the area to look at a catering kitchen and found this and within a matter of weeks decided to just do it."
Although running a bakery wasn't originally what they had in mind, Harris said it was too good of an opportunity to pass up.
"Neither of us really had a lot of experience baking, but we loved the products, loved the location and just kind of the culture that surrounded the place," he said.
For Swift, the biggest difference between being a chef and a baker was the switch from working long nights to early mornings. By the crack of dawn, someone has to be at the bakery to fire up the ovens, he said.
"It's been fun jumping off into something new," Swift said. "We took over in the middle of the busiest week of the year, so it came with a few headaches, but the staff did well, and we've got a pretty loyal customer base."
In addition to treats, the bakery also boasts vegan options, dog treats and a lunch menu filled with wraps, sandwiches and soups.
Named after a female wolf that watches over her den, La Loba's Bakery & Cafe will soon take on the name "Blue Mountain Bakery," Swift said. The two plan to unveil their new logo at the upcoming 30A Half Marathon on Oct. 13.
"We want to carry on that story, but him and I aren't female wolves," joked Swift, who added that the bakery has been around for more than two decades.
Along with continuing to tweak the menu, Harris hoped for the business to expand its legacy and eventually host farmers markets and block parties.
"There's not a ton of commercial yet, but it's coming," he said. "It's smack dab in the middle of 30A, and we think there's a lot of opportunity."