Jennifer Haffner fell in love with baking the moment she was tall enough to see over the kitchen countertop.
Growing up in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Haffner spent hours in the kitchen with her family. It was here that she began piecing together culinary creations, some of which have evolved over 30 years – like her signature Kitchen Sink cookie. As a teenager, she chose cooking as her profession and dreamed of one day owning her own restaurant.
Haffner moved to Fairhope in 1998 after she and her husband bought a piece of property in the area. As a stay-at-home mom, she was limited in her abilities to start her own business. However, she stayed heavily involved with the restaurant industry.
She worked at Jesse's restaurant in Magnolia springs, starting as a hostess before becoming a bartender and eventually the head pastry chef. After Jesse's, she spent about three months frying chicken at the deli located inside of Greers’ Market in Fairhope. In 2012, Haffner helped open and operate Sweet Olive, a restaurant located inside the Windmill Market in Fairhope.
Today, Haffner is the owner of Warehouse Bakery & Donuts.
With the help of local entrepreneur Will Carlton, she opened Warehouse for business in 2015. She created an eclectic menu, with items like the infamous Squeelin’ Pig breakfast biscuit, Pimento Cheese BLT and the Buddha Bowl (check out the menu page). Haffner strives to purchase as many ingredients locally as possible.
The bacon comes from William Stitt of Old 27 Grill, Will Mastin of Local Appetite provides all of the salad mix, and all of the grits and cornmeal come from Dixie Lilly in Saraland. Oh, and don’t forget Haffner’s freshly made pastry creations on display behind the class case: specialty desserts, doughnuts, cupcakes, cakes, cookies – you get the picture.
Don’t just take our word for it. Stop on by any time and introduce yourself, and grab some grub. If Jen isn’t here, she’s most likely out on the water with her family.
But trust us, the food is much better than this bio we paid some hippie child to write.