Working with their hands has become a way of life for Leanne and Paul Franetovich, and soon they will share their vision of how two complementary passions can coexist under one roof.
Jack + Adeline will open in downtown Tacoma later this year as a dual-concept retail space: In what for years was the Grit City Comedy Club, it will bake breads and pastries at rustic sourdough, and, in what was Malarkey’s Pool & Brew, he built furniture and kitchen utensils, especially cutting and serving boards, made from reclaimed wood slabs.
While the lumber store will also serve as a showroom, the bakery will also function as a cafe, with indoor and outdoor seating – the tables, of course, built by Paul Franetovich – and a collection of packaged products, including meats and cheeses, wine and cider. , coffee, tea and cutting boards.
“Everything you need to have a pretty awesome dinner party,” said Leanne Franetovich.
She cooks every weekend at a stewardship kitchen in Seattle, accepting pre-orders online for Sunday pickup at the Point Ruston Public Market, where her husband has also been selling his produce since last summer.
The upcoming opening of The Mill, as they dubbed the downtown concept, marks the third point in a 10-year journey for the couple, who swapped South Florida for the South Sound four years ago. years.
“Leanne is a lot more impulsive than I am,” laughed Paul Franetovich, who has spent most of the past two decades in the corporate world, most recently at Xerox.
On their first date, he said, they discovered a mutual desire to visit Seattle and the Pacific Northwest and then made it their honeymoon destination. Soon after, they sold their home in Boca Raton and moved to Gig Port and then to Tacoma, where they both deepened their respective businesses.
Jack and Adeline, for the home and the house
Home bakery, Leanne Franetovich has tried gluten-free breads in search of a more digestible alternative to store-bought breads. At Seattle cooking school The Pantry, she gleaned the benefits of non-staple grains and walked away with a sourdough starter, now a few years old, that she calls Howard.
“It turns into this amazing gooey, sparkling magic,” she explained. “Now the Howard I have is grown entirely for our environment. “
The resulting breads begin with the foundation of a country sourdough constructed from a combination of high protein flour and whole wheat, plus a little rice flour and of course wild yeast, water and salt. From there, Leanne Franetovich explores supplements, including seeds, Kalamata olives, and roasted garlic. One winter season featured dried apricots and walnuts, and recently she created one with dandelion leaf pesto.
She also appreciates the warmth that ancient grains like spelled can provide and, at the request of customers, now sells croissants, large and buttered to the point that when opened and toasted, they provide a suitable setting for more. butter and jam.
“I try not to be boring! ” she said. “Really, the gut health part of making it is really what fascinated me after the process. How the body breaks it down and the fermentation process starts digestion for you, lactic acid breaks down into sugars – that’s just a science experiment every time I do it.
As the commissary’s kitchen does not have a deck oven, it is currently cooking in a Dutch oven. At The Mill, she will rise through the bakery ranks, with an open kitchen setup to allow visitors to witness some of the action. – before or after strolling in Paul Franetovich’s studio.
“This is home and home,” he explained. “It’s about bringing people together around the table around good food and democratizing interior design. You can’t afford an 8 foot dining table, but I want to make it so that they can.
He will accept custom projects and showcase his own creations, based largely on wood he carefully sources, milled and allowed to dry before being baked – a process that can take up to at 18 months. Only then does he begin his preparation for sanding and waxing.
At Point Ruston and, from 2017 to 2019 at the Tacoma Farmers Market, items mostly stuck to transportable items: serving and cutting boards made of maple, enameled oak, red cedar, and tropical hardwoods like koa and wood. canary.
“We both have this deep love and interest in entertaining and dining,” said Leanne Franetovich.
Jack + Adeline, named after his cabinetmaker grandfather and baker grandmother, will hopefully help others share these moments with family and friends.
JACK + ADELINE FOYER + HOUSE / THE TACOMA MILL
▪ Details: aim for the summer 2021 opening; bakery at 515 6th Ave., carpentry at 445 Tacoma Ave. S, jackandadeline.com
▪ Bakery products available now: Order online by Tuesday for Sunday pickup at Point Ruston Public Market
▪ Home Goods Available Now: see online and in person at Point Ruston, Thursday and Sunday
This story was originally published April 13, 2021 10:00 a.m.