Banana Boogie, which recently won the title of Australia’s best (and second-best!) hot cross bun at the Baking Association of Australia’s Victorian Baking Show in Bendigo, has made news again, but this time for a completely different reason. In August last year, Banana Boogie acquired vegan dessert brand Raw Bliss, and since then big plans have been in the works, with the vegan bakery to take over one of Banana Boogie’s bricks-and-mortar stores to finally have a home of its own.
Raw Bliss was founded by Kalilah Peters In 2016 when she was just 17 years old and a student at high school. Noticing the lack of treats available for people with dietary requirements, she set out to shift the status quo.
Starting out working markets and supplying small businesses around Adelaide, the brand went from strength to strength, amassing a healthy social media following and loyal customer base. Before selling to Banana Boogie, Raw Bliss products were stocked in cafes and stores around the country
“As with anything Banana Boogie [does], Raw Bliss has already outgrown itself in our Belair kitchen and is in dire need of its own space,” Banana Boogie wrote in a social media post announcing the change.
“Rather than try find a new spot for them to grow, we have decided to donate the North Plympton Banana Boogie store to Raw Bliss so they can continue to provide a healthy alternative to a bakery within the amazing community we have down there.”
The revamped store, which will be known as the Raw Bliss Pantry—The Home of Wholesome Vegan Desserts, will open this Saturday 1 April.