Benjamin Vickers of Honeycomb Bread Bakers and Jenna Cherry of the Twenty Seven design company have announced a collaboration to open a bakery/restaurant and art/gift shop on Bay Street downtown.

It will be in the storefront of the Studebaker Building that once housed Tony’s Studio B and then Lakeland BBQ Company.

“We will be serving continental breakfast and bistro brunches and will be open six days per week,” Honeycomb said on Facebook.

“The shop will be full of paper goods – greeting cards, art prints, notebooks, wrapping paper, party supplies, etc.,” according to a Kickstarter page launched by Twenty Seven. “It will feature a variety of local makers’ work, some little home decor items, and vintage accessories.”

Plans are to open Mondays through Fridays 7 a.m-3 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., LALtoday reports.

The duo hopes to open by late summer.

The $12,000 goal of the Kickstarter fund-raising campaign would be used for interior paint, light fixtures, seating, shelves, inventory, and other business needs.

Vickers, 27, is a Lakeland native who studied literature at FSU and then got culinary training at the Culinary Institute of America in New York City. Moving back to Lakeland in 2017, he was pastry chef at Nineteen61 before founding Honeycomb.

Cherry, a recent Southeastern University grad, started Twenty Seven in her dorm room and then expanded it as a vendor at The Shop Next Door in Dixieland.

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