The new (to me) vegan bakery in Bloomington, Rainbow Bakery, is full of color, mid-century mod fun, and pastries. I'm not a vegan by any means but I am a fan of baked goods. It doesn't hurt that this new kid on the block is located in a cool historic building downtown. The building, now called I FELL, was built in 1930 by Isaac Fell. What was originally an Auburn Cord Duesenberg car dealership, is now home to the Rainbow Bakery, the Bloomington Clay Studio, The Collective Press and several other artist studios. More on the I Fell building next week.
Rainbow Bakery has only been open since August 2013, but they seem like a seasoned pros, cranking out a variety of muffins, breads, cupcakes, and donuts each day as well as your coffee bar favorites. Decked in mid-century finds, Rainbow Bakery captures the fun of baking. The decor and logo are just as cheery as their baked goodies. Retro formica kitchen tables line the cafe and funky globe and paper lanterns hang throughout the space. One of my favorite repurposed pieces is the 50s stove turned sugar and creamer station. The bakery nods to America's kitschy past while their food is an updated version of all your favorite treats. There is something for everyone each day: jumbo cinnamon rolls, vanilla lavender cupcakes, gluten free mushroom and sage scones, green tea donuts, the list goes on and on. Follow them on Instagram and you'll see what I mean.