About Us

Nothing spells success like hard work and perseverance, right? That and working with your neighbors and giving back to your community. During the "season" we try to use as many local products that we can- Local Farm fresh strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, zucchini, tomatoes,  peaches, apples and other vegetables as needed.  After being a part of the Mills River Farmers' Market for 6 seasons, Mara has become close with our "neighbors" and feel the importance of continuing to support them. Helping them spread the love that they put into their product. 

The Baker's Box

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About the Owners
Mara Nicholas is from the beautiful Hudson Valley in New York. George Nicholas is from Jackson Mississippi. They both met while attending Johnson and Wales University in Charleston South Carolina. Mara was getting her degree in Baking and Pastry and George was getting his in Culinary Arts. After graduating in '92 they moved to Asheville NC where Mara was recruited  by The Grove Park Inn and George worked at the Radisson Hotel downtown. During that time they got married at the Grove Park Inn. After about 3 years they moved to Washington D.C. There Mara worked as The Assitant Pastry Chef at The Grande Hyatt and George was the Banquet Chef at The Marriott Metro Center.


Then They both worked at Lansdowne Conference Resort in Leeseburg Va. Mara as the Assistant Pastry Chef and George as the Assistant Garde Manger Chef. In 2001 they decided they would move back "home" to Asheville where Mara  became the Pastry Chef at The Bistro on Biltmore Estate and George the Executive Sous Chef at The Stable Cafe on Biltmore Estate.  After about four years at Biltmore Mara went to work as the Pastry Chef at Kenmure Country Club and George went to Connestee Falls in Brevard as the Executive Chef.  They had a baby boy in 2005 named Jacob and Mara decided to go to work for Aramark at the Asheville School where she started The Baker's Box in her spare time. George went on to be the Executive chef at The Esmeralda Inn and at Etowah Valley Country Club.  After many years of producing wedding cakes and farmers market vending out of another professional kitchen they decided to open the storefront. And so here we are and the story goes on....


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