Jon and Meltem Ladd selected a name for their future bakery in Cherry Valley three years before they opened their doors in August.

A family vacation to Traverse City, Michigan drew them to a Two Lads Winery so the name Two Ladds Bakery seemed a perfect fit for their new business (and it was a play off their last name).

The Beaumont couple also didn’t have to look far for a site because Jon owned an insurance company in a shopping center on Beaumont Avenue, above Cherry Valley Boulevard, which the bakery would replace.

The only irony was the date they opened, on Aug. 6 – their 8th wedding anniversary.

Jon, 41, and Meltem, 48, were so busy getting the bakery ready that they forgot it coincided with their wedding day.

The response from the community has been positive and there are days when some of the bakery items, such as the muffins, sell out before noon.

Jon and Meltem are happy that they are making a connection in Beaumont and Cherry Valley.

“We want to be a part of the community,” said Jon Ladd.

The couple have lived in Beaumont for 10 years.

Jon Ladd grew up in Hamburg, Michigan with his parents Gary and Vivian, and brother Nate. Jon studied marketing and business at the local community college and was four units shy of earning a degree in Graphic arts.

He worked for a beer distributor for five years before moving to Arizona and being hired at a casino as a floorman.

After 10 months, he moved to California and was hired at Spotlight 29 Casino in Indio, where he met Meltem.

She was born in Turkey and grew up with her parents – her mother, Iclal Ocal and her father, Omer Yardince, and brother Gafur. Meltem studied architecture at Middle Eastern Technical University and psychology at the University of Ankara, but her passion was food.

At 18, she combined her love of food and her desire to see the world, working as a dealer on cruise ships for 5 years.

Then she had an opportunity to move to Washington state in 2002, still working in casinos.

“I never even planned to be here,” Meltem said.

But fate had its own plans and Meltem and Jon met in 2003 at Spotlight 29 Casino, where both were working.

They were hired at other casinos, such as Soboba, Chumash, Pechanga and San Manuel. But Meltem decided to pursue her passion and enrolled at Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena in 2004.

She graduated in 2006. “I knew how to cook, but I didn’t know anything about baking,” Meltem said.

Jon and Meltem married in 2010 and Meltem was always cooking and baking for family and guests. People would ask when they were going to open a restaurant.

Jon began considering the site he had in the shopping center in summer of 2017 for their bakery.

“I’d sit at my desk and I’d see all of the kids (from Beaumont High) come up here. I thought,”Why not put a bakery here,” Jon said.

So, the idea was finally becoming a reality. Jon said he had to get a permit from the county of Riverside and then he and Meltem began transforming the former insurance office (which they sold in 2015) into Two Ladds Bakery.

“We basically did this to have a better life with our family,” Jon said.

They have two children, Megan, 10, and Garrett, 7.

Jon and Meltem began envisioning what they wanted to put on their menu, which includes muffins, scones, cookies, tiramisu, Panini sandwiches and homemade potato salad, beet salad and broccoli salad.

They also have ice cream, milkshakes, coffee, espressos and tea.

Jon said it’s not unusual for customers to walk in and watch Meltem bake. She loves to give samples to customers as well.

Meltem said she is careful about the ingredients she puts in her food such as limiting sugar and salt.

“I’m in love with making good food,” she said.

They have six employees and everyone knows all of the jobs in the bakery.

The hours are 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Two Ladds Bakery is at 10420 Beaumont Ave., Suite B. The e-mail is: TwoLaddsBakery@yahoo.com

Staff Writer Julie Farren may be reached at jfarren@recordgazette.net.

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