Pastry chef Deepal Patel and her business partner, Joanna Young, opened The Pantry KC in Lenexa, Kansas, in July, offering Lenexa-roasted Maps Coffee Co. coffee, fresh-baked desserts, sandwiches and more. After competing on Food Network’s Spring Baking Championship earlier this year, Patel, the former senior pastry chef at the Sheraton and Westin Crown Center Hotels, and Young quit their day jobs to open the bakery.

Shelves at The Pantry KC are stocked with bags of housemade granola and Maps coffee; the bakery case features a comforting selection of classic pastries, like croissants, Danishes, muffins and seasonal quick breads, in addition to a colorful selection of fruit tarts, French macarons, cookies, bars, cakes and cupcakes. The Pantry also accepts special orders and can make gluten-free pastries for any special occasion.

Raised in the U.K., Patel plans to introduce sweet treats from her native country, such as Victorian sponge cake, traditionally served with tea. The Pantry also serves Kansas City-made James’ Lemonade, and Polly’s Pop, handcrafted sodas made and bottled in Independence, Missouri.

The Pantry KC, 7769 Quivira Road, Lenexa, Kansas, thepantrykc.com

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Jenny is Feast's contributing editor for Kansas City. She brakes for chef's coats.

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