On the rise
Bakery-cafe with sourdough bread and cookies soon to break in Fort Worth
A new sourdough bakery and café will soon rise in southwest Fort Worth: The Sour Boule – named for the round loaf of French-style crusty bread – is set to take over the former Busy B’s Bakery space at 3701 Southwest Blvd., just off the Benbrook traffic circle.
The bakery is from Alexis Misner, who has been selling sourdough bread and cookies under the name "Misner Family Farms" at local farmers markets for the past year. She hopes to have the new cafe open in July.
A native of a small town in Utah, Misner learned to bake as a child alongside her grandmother. While she has no professional training in baking, Misner taught herself to make sourdough by trial and error, she says, with the help of online videos and a lot of reading.
“The process is truly magic, to take flour and water to a living organism over just a few days and then keep it alive with more flour and water,” she says. “My favorite part is removing the lids (after baking) to see how beautiful the bread has grown to be. No two boules are the same.”
Her bread lineup includes a classic sourdough loaf, plus white sandwich bread, cinnamon-raisin bread, dinner rolls, cinnamon rolls, and hamburger buns. Breads start at $5 for the sandwich bread and top out at $15 for a rare gluten-free bread made from buckwheat, potato starch, and brown rice flour.
Cookies are her other signature, in varieties such as snicker doodles, lemon cookies, sourdough oatmeal raisin, and sourdough chocolate chip.
At the cafe, she'll sell her breads and baked goods as well as coffee, biscuits & gravy, muffins, and sandwiches, both at breakfast and lunch.
The space will be a cozy 1,300 square feet, with seating inside and outside on a small patio.
“Our new location will bring up childhood memories of being at home, smelling fresh-baked breads and cookies with a farmhouse feel,” she says.
Misner is one of very few independent bakers in Fort Worth, with acclaimed Black Rooster Bakery and tenured sourdough pro Trent Shaskan, now of downtown's 3rd Street Market, largely having blazed the trail.
Once an operating partner in the fast-food industry, Misner is eager to promote small, women-owned businesses as part of her new endeavor. Coffee beans will come from Fort Worth-based Ostara Coffee Roasters, and a “spotlight wall” inside the store will highlight other local businesses, she says.
“It is our passion to serve our guests the highest quality baked goods for breakfast and lunch,” she says.
Customers can get a preview at one of The Sour Boule’s local pop-ups posted on their Facebook page, or order online for delivery or pick-up.