Scarlet’s Bakery (Shelby Park)

Scarlet’s is about restoration, for an old building and for the people inside; we wanted the interiors to tell that story


On a busy corner in one of Louisville's downtown neighborhoods, Scarlet's Bakery takes up the first floor of a renovated one hundred year old, building. The mission behind this bakery is as much about people as it is baked goods. The organization empowers women who have been previously exploited by teaching the employees transferrable job skills like baking and customer service. Find out more about their story here.

The main concept for this space was a light and bright interior that symbolized new growth and restoration. Everything about the project is a story of revitalization and we wanted the interiors to correspond. Large windows allow a sightline from the cafe space all the way back into the open concept kitchen. Light wood tones and walls give an airy femininity (a nod to the all female staff), but are balanced by concrete toned floors and cement pendant fixtures.

(The Shelby Park location of Scarlet’s Bakery was Scarlet’s first location & the design concept was used as a template for the brand’s additional brick & mortar locations including: Scarlet’s Downtown & Scarlet’s St. Matthews locations.)



Project Team: Scarlet's Bakery, Client; David Heine, Architect; Knot & Company, Interior Design; Access Ventures, Impact Investors; Ramage Company, Construction; Solid Giant, Branding & Identity; Tim Harris Visuals, Photography