Owners of Fox and Bull Baking Co. are making their mark.

Photography by Jillian Bode.

They come for the cinnamon rolls, but stay at Fox and Bull for the company.

Open for a little over a year now, Fox and Bull Baking Co. (10510 Grandview Road, KCMO) took over an abandoned building and, after a seven-month DIY renovation, turned it into a bakery cafe. It’s now become a local gathering spot—something the owners are quite proud of.

“It’s warm and welcoming,” says Fox and Bull co-owner Christopher Fox Wilson. “We know almost everyone that comes in. 

Wilson and fellow co-owner Daniel Del Toro (toro is Spanish for bull) are the eponymous duo behind this thriving neighborhood hangout. Prior to opening their storefront, Wilson and Toro were selling their pastries and other goodies wholesale at local shops, coffee houses and farmers markets.

They try to use local products as much as possible when creating their concoctions, such as Marion Milling’s flour that’s stone-milled in the West Bottoms and local artisan vanilla extract producer Vain Foods Vanilla, which uses high-end liqueurs.

Some customer favorites are the lemon blueberry donut—a brioche donut filled with whipped lemon custard and topped with a blueberry buttercream—and a spiced cake donut with lots of nutmeg and ginger.

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