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40 Under Forty: Alexis Kelleher, 28

8/20/2018

Owner
Crust Bakeshop and North Main Provisions, Worcester

Lives: Worcester

Birthplace: Worcester

Colleges: Wellesley College, New England Culinary Institute

Kelleher, whose family owns George's Coney Island, was just 27 when she bought Crust Bake Shop from her boss last year, after starting as a baker in 2014. She entered the baking world after she graduated with an English degree from Wellesley College, taking a four-month baking class in Vermont and moving to Charlottesville, Va. for a baking externship. Now, Crust supplies bread to Worcester restaurants like deadhorse hill and Armsby Abbey, and her goal is to elevate the thriving Worcester foodie scene with her baked goods. Last month, Kelleher opened North Main Provisions, an artisan wine-and-cheese shop next door to Crust after a consignment store moved out of the space at the beginning of the year. Through the shop, she offers a variety of local food items, supporting local businesses. Kelleher volunteers and donates gift cards or gift baskets to organizations like Abby's House, Worcester Art Museum and UMass Memorial's Cancer Walk. Leftover bread is routinely donated to shelters.

From 40 Under Forty judge Milka Njoroge: “Alexis is a successful business owner at a young age who is generous and committed to the community.”

Where would you like to travel? Italy. I am enjoying lots of exported foods from Italy, and I have heard everything is more beautiful and delicious when you actually have it there!

Which movie character is most like you? Mary Poppins. I subconsciously live by lessons in that film. As a baker, a spoonful of sugar (or a chocolate chip cookie) is enough to get me through the day with a smile on my face!

Read about the entire 2018 Class of 40 Under Forty.
Michael Alden - Ascentria Care Alliance
Che Anderson - City of Worcester
Victor M. Archila - VMA Electric Inc.
Allison Beckler, DO - YOU, Inc.
Sam Bitar - Webster Five
Mark A. Borenstein - Seder & Chandler LLP
Kate D. Campanale - Massachusetts House of Representatives
Derek Canton - paerpay
Ryan Canuel - Petricore, Inc.
Jennifer Caron - Body Therapeutics
Danielle J. Clark - Clark Career Coaching
Heidi Cooper - Cooper’s Hilltop Farm
Matthew M. Copeland, P.E. - Copeland Building Envelope Consulting
Pat Davis - The DAVIS Cos.
Efua T. Dufu, MSW, LCSW - Ellite Event Planning
Grace Elton - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Ursula Furi-Perry, J.D. - Becker College
Jared E. Gentilucci - Nitsch Engineering
David Gilchrist, MD, MBA - UMass Memorial Health Care
Alvara Gjylapi - Santander Bank
Erica Grinkis - The GazBar Sports Grill
Meredith Harris - Marlborough Economic Development Corp.
Erin Jansky - Worcester Housing Authority
Ben Jones - Boston Scientific Corp
Alexis Kelleher - Crust Bakeshop; North Main Provisions
Bert LaValley - Sustainable Comfort, Inc.; deadhorse hill & simjang restaurants
Jennifer Leger - Fidelity Bank
Brian Lemerise - Quiet Logistics, Inc.
Tom Lubelczyk - The Worcester Jazz Collective
Laura Marotta - Creative Hub Worcester
Ryan Matson - Small Business Insurance Agency
Michael P. McDonough, CPA - McDonough, McDonough & Corsini, LLP
Madeline Mendoza - NewVue Communities
Jessica Morris - MCPHS University
Nathan Oriol - Oakdale Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center (Oriol Health Care)
Nicholas Pelletier - Pelletier Properties at Keller Williams North Central
Courtney E. Pelley - Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center
Lilian Radke - Unic Pro Inc.
Blaine Schnare - Harrington HealthCare System
Bonnie J. Walker - Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Learn how the winners were picked on our judges' page.