The Red Bandana Bakery

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The Red Bandana

Jamie Mertz, Bakery Founder

I had a great opportunity to spend some time with Jamie Mertz, the founder of The Red Bandana Bakery, located in Bethesda, Maryland. She was such a pleasure to chat with and her baked goods were something to rave about. I especially enjoyed the baked bean brownie as I’ve personally failed to make a good one. Still working on it :)

As a DMV native, Jamie started out selling her baked goods through her website and got into the gluten-free and other allergens space because her brother was on a gluten free / casein free diet. Additionally, she started working with the local farmer’s markets and began selling her baked goods there as well. After getting a ton of feedback from customers, she decided to completely dedicate her bakery as a gluten free facility and wanted to specialize in allergen-specific goods. In addition to treats, Jamie also serves lunch which consists of soups, sandwiches and other common foods in season. 

   
  
   
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    “When cooking, you always need something to tie your hair back. At my first externship, which was at Founding Farmers, they issued everyone a bandana as part of their dress code. Ever since then, at other jobs where I could, I always wore a red bandana.”

“When cooking, you always need something to tie your hair back. At my first externship, which was at Founding Farmers, they issued everyone a bandana as part of their dress code. Ever since then, at other jobs where I could, I always wore a red bandana.”

While her bakery closes at 4pm, the fun doesn’t stop there. Jamie has hosted events from kids camps to book clubs to celebrating local artists. She even selects an artist of the month for her customers to learn more about. 

We had a latte art class and invited the public to come in and learn that skill. Luckily, there’s someone on staff who guided them through the whole process. It was a lot of fun.
— Jamie Mertz

One of my favorite things about Jamie and The Red Bandana is her strong relationship with the community. She’s not only serving them healthy baked goods but she’s celebrating other community members and elevating them on her beautiful platform. 

 

The Red Bandana has been open since November 2017, and I’d encourage you to try it! And if you’re a business looking for allergen-friendly baked goods, then definitely have a chat with Jamie as she’s been serving the DMV area for several years.