CNY bakers launch new businesses from their kitchens amidst pandemic

When the coronavirus pandemic kept people at home, navigating the unknown, four Central NY food entrepreneurs baked up new business ideas.



a plate of food with a birthday cake: Big Al's Vegan Bakery in Syracuse offers vegan sweets, including cookie cakes. Orders can be placed through their Instagram account @bigalsveganbakery.


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Big Al’s Vegan Bakery in Syracuse offers vegan sweets, including cookie cakes. Orders can be placed through their Instagram account @bigalsveganbakery.

In lieu of food trucks, farmer’s markets, or opening a traditional storefront, these business owners opted to launch on social media first. Using Instagram and Facebook to market their products and connect with customers, they have each forged a path into the food business world despite the challenges of 2020.



a person holding a donut in the hand: Alexis Barney, owner of Big Al's Vegan Bakery started her business of vegan cakes and cookies during the coronavirus pandemic. Her Big Al's cookies are the "size of your face" and are one of her biggest sellers.


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Alexis Barney, owner of Big Al’s Vegan Bakery started her business of vegan cakes and cookies during the coronavirus pandemic. Her Big Al’s cookies are the “size of your face” and are one of her biggest sellers.

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