In June of 1997, Avalon pulled the first loaves of bread out of its newly installed hearthstone oven in a small, converted storefront in the Cass Corridor of Detroit: Avalon International Breads was born.
To many, offering artisan baked goods made with 100% organic flour in the heart of Detroit seemed an improbable venture. Some looked at Detroit and saw economic distress, population exodus, crime, vacant land and abandoned buildings as obstacles too great for a small venture like theirs. But they saw the seeds of a transformation, with food growing on vacant land, small businesses filling unmet needs, artists thriving, and neighbors coming together to rebuild, renew and re-spirit the city from the ground up. And we loved the cultural heritage, legendary architecture, and beautiful international riverfront of our city. Most of all, Avalon loved the incredible souls of Detroiters. Their baked goods delight customers and fill the company with pride.