A GOOGLE map search led Carol and Jamie Ziebarth to exit the hustle and bustle of Melbourne and settle in historic Chiltern.
And the current owners, and now qualified bakers, haven’t looked back as their business, Chiltern Bakery, continues to go from strength to strength.
“Initially I wanted a little casual job outside the home when my daughter started school, so I started working at the bakery,” Carol said.
“Then six months later we bought it.”
The husband and wife team each had 20 years’ experience working in retail, which gave them the vital skills to run the business.
Both went on to train as bakers and as the saying goes the rest is history.
“It really is pretty basic what we do, but we have a philosophy that we want to do a little bit well rather than take on too much and fail,” Carol said.
“Country hospitality is where it is at and we get great feedback from our customers.
“We pride ourselves on our customer service and we have happy staff – we retain staff so we must be doing something right.”
The heritage-listed building built in 1870 has retained its original character and the aromas from freshly baked bread fills the cavernous space.
“We offer old favourites, like rock cakes, jam tarts, monkey faces and decent size turnovers,” she said.
“We are also working on a gourmet pie range which has been well received.
“We have developed a Mexican pie, chicken, avocado and brie pie, butter chicken pie, as well as a beef stroganoff pie.”