By Amanda Popp

Contributing writer

The grand opening of Best Friends & Food, a bakery and catering business, is set to take place on Friday, July 10 and Saturday, July 11. Long-time best friends and experienced bakers Krisi Crandall and Brandy Morris are excited to finally invite customers into their Bellevue location. Morris says the grand opening will feature food specials and baked goods for residents on both opening days.

“On Friday, we are going to have a variety of stations to showcase what we do as far as catering,” Morris said. “On Saturday, we are going to be featuring a couple of breakfast items. We will also be doing a specialty sandwich.”

Morris says COVID-19 has made opening more difficult, due to the many different rules for food handling, so they are using this weekend to give people a small glance at what they will soon be offering on a regular basis.

“We are using this time to let people see what we will be offering,” Morris said.

Morris says Best Friends & Food will feature many different items off their catering menu on both days of the grand opening.

“We are going to do pulled pork sandwiches with a slaw on Friday night, including a mashed potato and macaroni and cheese station,” Morris said. “On Saturday morning, we are going to have biscuits and gravy for breakfast and for lunch we are going to serve a Mexican bowl. We will also have pies, cupcakes, cinnamon rolls, and different baked goods for both days.”

Crandall says the two have been friends for many years and decided to open the business together years ago.

“We decided that one day we were going to have our own bakery and catering business, because we have always done that together,” Crandall said.

The two area residents have lots of experience baking and catering, having worked in the industry for a long time.

Crandall says one of the things they will offer that residents will be excited about is pies using Charlotte’s former Sharon’s Café recipe, available for customers every day once they fully open.

Crandall and Morris have always dreamed of opening their own catering and bakery business, and consider now the perfect time.

“It’s just been a dream that we’ve had, and we’ve always said someday it will be the right time, and now it’s just the right time,” Crandall said.

Best Friends & Food is located on 110 N. Main Street in Bellevue. After the grand opening, the bakery and catering business will be open by appointment only until further notice. They can be found on Facebook and reached at 517-983-0338 or 517-213-6154.