Sometimes, life has a way of creating a path for you when you least expect it. Take the case of Lauren Carter.

Originally from Arkansas, Carter was working at a small bakery in Seattle, having moved there after attending graduate school at the University of Wisconsin. When a series of family health issues required Carter to commute back and forth from Washington to Arkansas, she decided to look for an opportunity closer to her home state.

After answering an ad for a pastry chef on Craigslist from Ian Gurfield of Ian’s Pizza, who along with then-partner Ian Garthwait, had just opened Batch Bakehouse in the Williamson Street neighborhood, Carter decided…    >> READ MORE >>