It’s a love story baked at 350 degrees.
Ian and Laura Journey have found the perfect recipe for love and it all settles on bread – a recipe so good, it’s hard to believe it’s real.
“I don’t think anyone walks into that situation expecting to find true love,but here we are,” said Ian Journey, Owns Baker’s Outpost with his wife Laura.
Baker’s Outpost is small bakery with big dreams – dreams that started in the most unlikely of places.
“On a fishing trip in literally the most remote place I’ve ever been in my life,” Ian Journey said.
The West Coast Fishing Lodge is located on the Queen Charlotte Islands in British Columbia.
It’s a scenic lodge that serves up world renowned food and adventure.
It’s hours away from any civilization and only accessible by helicopter.
Laura was busy working there the day Ian flew in.
“It was just one of those the universe bringing you together kind of moments,” said Laura Journey.
“Most good things in life come to you when you’re not looking for them,” Ian Journey said.
“First of all I don’t see very attractive men up there so when he came off the chopper I just thought – who is this cute boy,” Laura Journey laughed.
“She thought I was kind of like a stalker at first because I couldn’t stop staring at her,” Ian Journey laughed.
“I just thought what is this boy about,” Laura Journey said.
“Love at first sight. It sounds cheesy but it’s really the only thing that I can really explain it,” Ian Journey said.
The two bonded over their love of food and their favorite band, the Canadian band Sitting Color.
By pure chance, Ian was wearing a Sitting Color hoodie the very first time he met Laura.
“When left, he left his Sitting Color hoodie folded up on his bed for me with a little note saying I’ll get this back one day. And I thought who is this weirdo? What’s he talking about,” Laura Journey said.
As you might of guessed…he got the sweatshirt back.
The couple married two years later.
Together they have two children, Lennon and Rory.
About a year ago they decided to start a bakery, selling rustic, fresh milled, whole grain breads at farmers markets.
The name of their bakery – a nod to their love story.
“The lodge we met at actually is called the Outpost Lodge,” Laura Journey said.
A love story that continues today.
“I really couldn’t imagine doing anything else with anybody else. I get to do what I love with who I love. It kind of is still feeling a little bit like a dream. You know these are the kinds of things people dream about,” Laura Journey said.
You can find Baker’s Outpost at the Haggin Oaks Farmers Market on Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The Hen’s Roost in downtown Bakersfield and Luigis Deli Shop also sale Baker’s Outpost bread.
The couple hopes to open a store of their own on 19th and M Streets in the coming year.