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Assistant Baker Sam Underwood prepares more dough for the ovens as work gets in full swing during the early morning hours at Clark’s Bakery at Stone Cave.

Completing almost a decade of work in the community, one local business has received an award for growth in the greater Chattanooga area. The 2012 Rising Star Award for growing businesses went to Clark’s Bakery at Stone Cave, a Dunlap-based business that specializes in healthy, whole grain foods.

The Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) recently held a luncheon for the presentation in Chattanooga where bakery founders and managers James and Heike Clark met with TSBDC Board Member Greg Johnson of Dunlap, and the Clark’s own mentors, Dottie and Herb Ingersoll.

Co-founder and Manager Heike Clark said, the family has been running the very unique bakery for eight years, providing a healthy source of a variety of foods to the community without the additives of commercial products.

“In particular, we use 100-percent whole grain products, not all organic, but still much, much healthier than commercial counterparts,” she explained. “We bake bread, of course, and cookies, granola, healthy desserts, and we have a health food store connected to the bakery.”

Clark noted, even the items in the health food store that are not made in-house are still very healthy. The bread products created at the bakery start from the ground up, with bakery personnel literally grinding their own flour.

The purpose of keeping such a focus on health, she explained, is more for the community than just for themselves.

“If we can educate others about what they put in their bodies and provide healthy alternatives for them, we can help change lives,” she said. “The focus is for everyone we can help live a long, healthy, and happy life.”

The locally owned and operated business sits on the property of what once was Stone Cave Academy, a school started by J.C. Trivett. Clark noted, the history of the property is fitting for the educational focus of the current business.

Currently, the business offers 15 kinds of breads, six different granolas, eight desserts, and 11 miscellaneous products, including maple oat waffles, Heike’s Chicken Style Seasoning, and zesty wheat sticks. The bakery is located off of Stone Cave Road, off State Highway 28, south of Dunlap

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