For most of her adult life, Mikaila Harwood Ramone has worked in the food service industry in one form or another.
So, owning a bakery is not a big stretch.
“It felt like a calling,” Harwood said. “Something I was meant to do.”
The Butte woman, who has a bachelor’s degree in French from the University of Montana, has held several jobs — everything from waiting on tables to decorating cakes.
More often than not, her workplaces were small businesses owned by women, which is where Ramone drew a lot of her inspiration.
Understandably, Ramone had some misgivings about opening Mick & Goldie’s Bakery in the midst of a pandemic.
“Did people really want to come out yet?” she thought. “Did they want to spend money?”
Her fears were unfounded.
Butte residents have embraced the new bakery, which opened May 19.
“I didn’t realize Butte had such a sweet tooth,” laughed Harwood, who had run a home-based baking business for a year before opening her own store.
Her menu items include breakfast sandwiches, croissants, morning buns, gluten-free muffins, cheese buns and cookies. Baguettes are also available, along with sugar cookies, cupcakes, a variety of beverages and fruit.
What customers won’t find on the menu are donuts.
“No, we don’t sell donuts,” Ramone said emphatically. “Town Talk does the best!”
To get her business on track took some time, given the pandemic and all its ramifications. Face-to-face meetings came to a halt and Ramone had to rely on emails and phone calls to keep the ball rolling.
“It was harder to get into contact with all the right people,” Ramone said, and she is thankful to the Butte Health Department, who she said was “so helpful in getting things moving ahead.”
Family members were helpful, too.
Early on, Ramone’s mother, Krestie, came with paint brush in hand, ready to help get the business up and running.
Her father, John, has become a daily fixture, buying a few items every day.
“Both have been super supportive,” Ramone said.
Also on board are two of her five siblings — Eli is the head baker and Natasha works behind the counter.
Ramone is also thankful to the Uptown Butte business owners, who since opening her doors have not only patronized the store, but have given some helpful tips.
“The Uptown is a great place,” Ramone said. “There is nowhere else I want to be.”