Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Limon's new hotspot

By Will Bublitz

Delicious pastries, sandwiches and salads are all on the menu at Liggy’s Bakery that just opened at 961 Main Street in downtown Limon.

Owned and operated by sisters Laci and Whitney Liggett, the bakery held its grand opening on Monday, Feb. 9.

“We’ve been open only a few days, but it’s already going really well,” Whitney said. “The local people have been missing their morning donuts until we opened. Some are coming in twice a day to get them.”

Laci agreed. “We were lucky because Bonnie Darling, the previous owner of this bakery,  gave us all of her recipes. She had a huge local following for her donuts, and we are fortunate to step in to take it over. But we also have to brag over our breads and sandwiches. We think they are delicious, and so far all of our customers agree.”

Liggy’s Bakery is open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“We hold breakfast from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. or until the donuts run out which is often,” Whitney said. “In  addition to donuts, we offers scones, pop tarts and muffins, which are all homemade. Then starting at 11 a.m. we begin serving lunch which includes salads and sandwiches.”

The bakery’s specialty sandwiches are named after members of the Liggett family.

“Everyone in our family got to pick the ingredients in their sandwich,” Laci said. “Our most popular sandwich right now is the ‘G’ which is named after our younger brother Gavin.”

In addition to their specialty menu, Laci and Whitney will be experimenting with other offerings.
“Every Friday, we’ll be doing special donuts to find out what people like,” Laci said. “This week, we’re doing a maple bacon donut. If it goes well and people are excited about it, we could make it one of our regular donuts.”

“We’re also doing special sandwiches on Fridays,” Whitney said. “This week, we’ll be serving pepperoni dipstick. If you’re a Limon School alumni from 2000 to the present, you’ll know what that is because it was served in the school cafeteria and all the kids loved it. But we also do special order sandwiches if customers call in advance.”

Liggy’s Bakery also does special orders for cakes, cupcakes, cookies and pies.

“We appreciate it if people call in advance with their special orders,” Whitney said.

In opening their new business, Laci has the most expertise because she is a qualified pastry chef who received her training at the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts in Boulder, Colo. during 2012.
“But this is our first time actually operating a bakery,” Laci said. “This is something I always wanted to do, but never had the opportunity before now.”

For Laci and Whitney, the opening of Liggy’s Bakery is much more than an exciting new business opportunity. It is also the chance to honor the memory of their father, Mike Liggett, who was a well known community leader and athletic coach who died last year in a tragic accident.

“When our Dad found out this bakery was up for sale, he was gung-ho for us to do this,” Laci said. “He wanted us to do a business together. We’d talked about it a year ago, but we didn’t do anything about it until after Dad’s passing.”

Whitney decided to join her sister in the business after living and working in Dallas, Texas for three years as the concierge for the Four Seasons Hotel.

“Dad wanted us to be near him so he had to find something we could all do together,” Whitney said. “After his death, I decided to return home and join Laci in this new business.”

To honor their father, Laci and Whitney named the bakery “Liggy’s,” which was Mike’s nickname among his friends. The sisters have also decorated the inside of the bakery with memorabilia of their father’s life including sports T-shirts, photos and barn wood from his ranch.

The sisters finalized the purchase of the bakery on January 1 and spent the next few weeks renovating it prior to its grand opening. Family and friends joined in the effort to get Liggy’s Bakery ready to begin serving the public.

“Our mother Brenda Liggett, as well as our brother Tyson and his wife Justine, and even our little brother Gavin came home from college to work on the renovation,” Laci said. “Our Uncle Dave Taussig and Aunt Kim Taussig also helped us. And all of Dad’s friends including Ernie Love, Jeff Coonts, Jason Bandy, Mike O’Dwyer, Adams Coonts, Rick and Travis Sandersfeld came out to help us with the renovation. It became a huge community project to get our business started.”

Now that Liggy’s is open for business, Laci and Whitney are learning to deal with the day-to-day routine of operating a bakery. That includes getting up at 2:30 a.m. Monday through Friday to get to the bakery to begin the day’s work.

“People want their pastries fresh from the oven in the mornings,” Laci said. “So that means, we have to get up early, very early.”

“The mornings have been tough, but I think we’re finally getting used to it,” Whitney said.

Laci agreed, saying “We haven’t killed each other yet, so I think we’ll make it.”

What helps with those early mornings is brewing their own coffee which they also serve to customers
“We have great coffee at our bakery,” Whitney said. “It’s called Elevation Coffee and it’s made here in Colorado. Everyone that’s tried it loves it. Stop by and have some.”

For more information, call Liggy’s Bakery at (719) 775-1811 or via email at liggysbakery@gmail.com.

1 comment:

  1. Fantastic cinnamon rolls. Friendly , welcoming staff. I hope you do well. Just good luck that you were recommended by our hotel. Also love,love,love your town. Everybody's so friendly. Best of luck ��