It went from “definitely not” to “this is where we need to be.” That is the essence to the story of how the Mothership landed in downtown. Mothership Bakery and Café, that is.
Andrea White and Anna Llanos are the two women behind Mothership Bakery. Established in 2012 and considered among many to be the “best kept secret” on the west side of Danbury, they were looking for a way to grow their business. They searched for retail locations in the area, but one thing they knew for sure was that downtown Danbury wasn’t going to be the right place. Well, that’s what they thought, until Jim Nolan, longtime Danburian and owner of Nolan Enterprises Real Estate, used his powers of persuasion. Andrea said it was his love of the downtown that eventually changed their minds.
When Jim Nolan and CityCenter Executive Director P.J. Prunty took Anna and Andrea on the initial tour of what would become their new space at 331 Main Street, she said, “It quickly became evident that this is where we needed to be.” They loved the space and the location. “It felt like something we were ready to tackle,” she said. Both she and Anna saw this as an opportunity to grow their business in a new market and at the same time, to be a part of the positive momentum happening in the heart of the City. “We wanted to be a part of this,” she added.
They officially signed their lease at the beginning of October and opened their doors on Black Friday. Needless to say, it was a whirlwind, but Andrea acknowledges that the City of Danbury, P.J. and the Nolans really helped make things happen.
At Mothership, everything is made from scratch with ingredients you can feel good about. “We want people to feel like they are in our house, at our table,” said Anna. “We really love to feed people.”
All the baked goods are prepared fresh daily. Selections include scones, muffins, frittatas, quiches, pastries, breads, cookies and more. For lunch, they offer salads, panini, sandwiches and soups. Everything, even the condiments, is made from scratch in their kitchen. They roast their own meats and slow cook all the soups and sauces. Plus, the menu changes weekly, as they use local and seasonal produce. You’ll also find organic coffee and espresso beverages as well as a variety of teas. They know every ingredient that goes into all their food and are very conscious of dietary restrictions. They have vegan and gluten-free options available.
Andrea and Anna hope people will come in for breakfast, lunch or a snack and linger to enjoy the cozy atmosphere. They also hope people take full advantage of their catering services and their large café space. They are well versed in handling all sorts of private events, from business meetings to baby showers.
Since she was young, Anna has loved exploring other cultures, especially through food. Danbury’s diversity is one of the things she said she loves most about the city. “I feel so blessed by that,” she noted. She and Andrea are excited to add their flavorful twists to the diverse downtown food scene.
Mothership Bakery + Café is located at 331 Main Street in Danbury. They are open Tuesday through Friday from 7:30am to 3:30pm, and on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:30am to 2:30pm. Closed Mondays. For more info, visit mothershipbakeryandcafe.com.