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One Chapter Closes, Another Begins



While the entire team has had their nose to the grindstone these past few weeks, I cherish this newsletter because it forces us to press pause and reflect on everything we're creating around us. My mom Twila (aka Grandma Izola's daughter) reminds me to take photos and capture the moment because soon it will become a distant memory - so true....


It's been a bit emotional this past week as we baked our last croissant at 13th Street and started to move our equipment out of our original location and over to the new location on Island Avenue. I've been in the studio at 13th Street for over 20 years...It's where so many memories have been made, from raising our son there, to running a film production company, to climbing "movie nights," the first croissants being lowered from our window basket, to IZOLA customers meeting new friends or making new traditions.

And while I was sad to think about leaving this special place, the day itself brought so much joy. Our team, led by AGM Jeff, had the place 100% ready to go on move day - the space was cleared, all tools in place and we were able to hit the ground running. So many people helped, including past and present IZOLA team members, and Pastor Jay from Second Sunday came by to lend a hand. Because of the many helpful hands on deck the morning went by so smoothly.


Jenny and I stole a moment at the end of the morning to sit with each other on Big Bird (what we call the big yellow couch in the corner ) and took time to reflect...It was about three years ago that we had moved the new Salva ovens up into the kitchen and it was just Jenny, myself and two team members. To say it was challenging is an understatement! Everyone was exhausted, it was our first time using our custom lift and we just had so much less experience. So to be able to watch our team now move in concert with each other so seamlessly, it filled our hearts with joy. Thank you team!

This week we've had Iker, the technical engineer from Salva, here to lead the install of our new fleet of ovens and proofers, with a close assist from Chef Lane, our Bake Lead.


At reopening, we'll be rolling out 4 new proofers, 2 new croissant ovens and 1 new sourdough deck all in support of serving our croissants and sourdough hot from the oven, to everyone who wants one. They'll allow us to minimize the time between when they leave our ovens and to your hands (and mouth!) while also allowing us to bump our production.

Prior to our oven install, we needed to finish our interior paint job. Thank you Mom for the amazing recommendation (if anyone's looking for a reliable painter with great attention to detail, email Jenny and she'll pass you Rodolfo's info). Rodolfo and his team worked day and night to complete the project within a week to keep us on schedule.

And my absolute favorite tool during this renovation period?? Pictured right here - the scissor lift! Each and every team that has been through has been able to utilize it and it has made our efficiency skyrocket! When in doubt, rent a scissor lift.

And the question on everyone's mind - when will we be re-opening?? We have not set a date yet, and while the project is moving along at a break-neck speed, mid-May is not likely as we're still waiting on our permits. We also have a big team to hire and train, but that can't happen until the space is ready to host them. So best estimate is June. Stay tuned.....


PS - If you're enjoying our reno updates, follow us on Instagram where we're posting a lot of updates to our Stories these days, like the afternoon Jenny and I became enamored with our new power washer...




With over 20 positions to fill, the amazing Jenny has been glued to her laptop booking and holding interviews like crazy. By my count she's combed her way through over 300 applications and scheduled 65 interviews these past 7 days...Don't believe it?! Here's a peek at her calendar:

You know we love our metrics, so you'll see she was allowing for a little buffer in between calls in case calls ran over, but as she started noticing a much higher no-show rate than last year, she's just stacking 'em up back to back.


We've had some really strong candidates move to our second round of in person meet and greets, and for production roles, a third round paid trial shift. Our team is getting really excited with who we've already extended offers to.


But we still have a ways to go! So...if you or someone you know is looking to join a team of hard working, passionate individuals, take a look at our open positions!



Did you know that our 13th Street location is available for event bookings? Imagine holding your next event in the light, bright, airy loft space that has brought so many people together here at IZOLA. We have hosted Grammy award-winning musicians, marriage proposals, birthday parties, art gallery pop ups, production shoots, you name's happened here...


For more details, check out our site where you can also place a request to book and we'll reach right back out to you.



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