A sweet alternative in a cowboy town
Angeline’s Bakery continues to bring new food ideas to Sisters
By Jordan Novet / The Bulletin
August 30. 2011
Angeline Rhett, owner of Angeline’s Bakery, started her Sisters business from a red wooden wagon in the mid-1990s.
What: Angeline’s Bakery LLC
Where: 121 W. Main St., Sisters
SISTERS — Angeline Rhett moved here from Portland in 1995 to fight fires. When the fire season ended, she decided to stick around, and she needed money to live.
The best idea she could think of? Making food from scratch — something she had enjoyed doing while growing up in Portland — and selling it on an informal basis.
She connected with the owner of Northern Lights Bakery, which occupied the space Angeline’s now owns, on West Main Avenue in Sisters, and arranged to make her own sandwiches and bake cookies in the bakery’s kitchen. She sold her goods throughout Sisters from a red wooden wagon.
It was a primitive operation, but it was a start.
In 1996, Rhett bought Northern Lights’ assets and took over the business and the entire space early in 1997. When it came time to make new signs a year or two later, she changed the name to Angeline’s Bakery & Cafe.
Rhett, now 42, said her business has adapted to better fit her life in the 16 years she has owned it. Her role in the bakery has waxed and waned to accommodate changes such as having children. And, now that they’re older, she said she is back to full-time work, sometimes getting up at 4 a.m. to bake and at other times going in late to roll bagels.
Instead of acting on market trends or even information from her customers, Rhett has followed her own passions to make decisions about what she makes and sells.
Over the years, Rhett has become involved in gluten-free baking, making products without sugar, eating raw foods and blending smoothies made from vegetables grown in her More…