Next City: Ferguson Baker Goes From Two Hand Mixers to Supplying Starbucks

Natalie DuBose, owner of Natalie’s Cakes and More in Ferguson, Missouri, was working out of a 700-square-foot kitchen with one oven, two hand mixers and a 6-foot foldable table when Starbucks came knocking in 2015.

That year, she began supplying a Ferguson outlet of the coffee chain giant with her baked goods. Now, DuBose supplies over 30 Starbucks stores with her signature caramel cake, which is also in several universities, seven grocery stores and eight gas stations in the St. Louis region. She’s doubled her kitchen space and added two ovens — and no longer uses hand mixers.

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