Our history

Baking is our kraft. From the breads shaped by our very hands to the dishes we serve, we thrive on nourishing the appetite with only the finest ingredients. Our fresh baked breads are truly artisan in their beautifully imperfect shapes.

The Kraftsmen bakery is located in a historic textile mill in the Houston Heights. It is a testament to our passion in being surrounded and inspirred by history, design, and art.

2001

Founder Scott Tycer meets
Mike Zakowski—head baker
at Itzi’s—at a chocolate
tasting in the Heights.
Tycer’s restaurant Aries had
just opened. Because it was
limited on kitchen space,
table bread from a local
artisan bakery was used.
Mike and Scott found they
could bake higher quality
bread , so they opened
Kraftsmen Baking together
as a small retail location at
4100 Montrose and a
wholesale location on
Roy street in the Rice
Military neighborhood.

2003

Mike Zakowski sold his
shares back to Kraftsmen
and moved to Sonoma
where he could train for the
US Bread Baking team
under master baker, Craig
Ponsford.

2008

Wholesale facilities move to
the historic Heights, in a
charming old building called
“the Oriental Textile Mill”.
The building appealed to
Scott because of its age and
location in one of Houston’s
oldest neighborhoods.

2010

Juan Carlos Ramirez
becomes the Head Baker.
Juan had worked for
Kraftsmen through out its
history, having been a
protégé of Mike Zakowski.
The same year, a second
Kraftsmen café opens in
the same building.

2020

In 2020, Kraftsmen Baking
has more than 200 accounts
from Houston, Galveston,
and Austin.

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Our Team

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Scott Tycer
Founder

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Rachel McGowan
General Manager

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Taylor Yancey
Sales Manager

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Jeremy Scott
Sales Manager

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Juan Carlos
Master Baker

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Community

We believe in doing our part to make sure that the local community is taken care of. Throughout the year, we contribute to various causes.

Where to find us

Look for our baked goods and other fine foods at these local
establishments around Houston, Austin, and Galveston.