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South Fork Baking Co. Now Open at Port of Everett's Waterfront Place

Date: Sep 19, 2023

New Waterfront Bakery Offers Scratch-made Cookies, Breads, Cakes and More

_DSC2388South Fork Baking Co. is now open at the Port of Everett’s Waterfront Place, marking the fifth new restaurant to open its doors at the waterfront this summer. 

Project partners and eager community members gathered yesterday to commemorate the occasion with a ceremonial “cake cutting” – more fitting than ribbon for a new bakery.

“What a sweet end to an exciting summer at the Port of Everett, as we celebrate the opening of the new South Fork Baking Co.,” Port Commissioner David Simpson said. “On behalf of the Port, we welcome and thank you for choosing Waterfront Place for your bakery. We are proud to see your vision come to life here as we grow our destination waterfront.”

The new bakery marks the first retail storefront for Katherine Hillmann, owner and head baker of South Fork Baking Co. She offers a variety of her popular baked goods, espresso drinks and sandwiches, and she plans to host cake decorating and pastry skills classes.

Hillmann started South Fork in her Everett kitchen in 2016, baking cookies, breads and cakes from scratch. Seven years later, she now has her own bake shop overlooking the Port of Everett Marina.

The bakery is open Monday-Friday from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

_DSC2267“Thank you to everyone who has waited years for this,” Hillmann said. “We were one of the first to sign a lease here. It feels good to finally see it come to life. I appreciate the patience; everyone has been so lovey and graceful with me. I really appreciate everyone who has given me their time and support.”

South Fork Baking Co. is part of the Port of Everett’s new “restaurant row” in Fisherman’s Harbor – the first development district at Waterfront Place.

The bakery and neighboring Fisherman Jack’s – an Asian-fusion restaurant that opened at the waterfront late last month – occupy the first of four new buildings being added here, just south of Hotel Indigo.

_DSC2289Located along the Port of Everett Marina esplanade, the bakery offers views of Port Gardner Bay. It features indoor dining as well as a large patio with covered and open-air seating where you can enjoy your favorite coffee paired with a fresh pastry.

“I’ve been to a number of ribbon cuttings this year, and so many of them have been down at our Everett waterfront,” City of Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin said. “On behalf of the City, I’d like to welcome South Fork Baking Co.! I also want to thank our Port of Everett commissioners, CEO Lisa Lefeber, and her entire team. They’ve done a fantastic job transforming our waterfront. We’re so excited to see this growth!”

In addition to South Fork Baking Co., four other restaurants opened at the Port of Everett’s Waterfront Place this summer: Fisherman Jack’s, The Muse Whiskey & Coffee, Sound 2 Summit Brewing Co. and Woods Coffee.

The Port of Everett, in partnership with private development partner The Schuster Group, expects to break ground on two new buildings at Fisherman's Harbor’s “restaurant row” early next year.

Are you interested in siting your business at Waterfront Place? Contact the Port of Everett at or The Schuster Group, the Port’s private development partner for the retail and restaurant spaces at

For more information, contact Catherine Soper, Port of Everett Communications & Marketing Director, at

About South Fork Baking Co.
South Fork Baking Co. is a wholesale and retail bake shop at the Port of Everett’s Waterfront Place that specializes in scratch-made pastries and custom desserts. Owner-operator Katherine Hillmann brings more than a decade of culinary experience, including her role as a head baker at a well-known regional bakery for more than two years and operating South Fork Baking Co. since 2016. Hillmann hopes to create an exceptional experience for every customer who walks through the door. Her company is committed to offering the best baked goods possible made with locally sourced ingredients. In addition to a full array of pastries that are baked daily, espresso and specialty drinks, breakfast and lunch sandwiches, South Fork Baking Co. plans to offer educational classes in pastry and cake decorating skills. Visit for more information.

About Port of Everett’s Waterfront Place
The Port of Everett’s Waterfront Place is a new 1.5 million square foot mixed-use development located on 65 acres at the waterfront near the downtown core in Everett, Washington. The development boasts spectacular views, waterfront access, recreational amenities, and a world-class marina – the largest public Marina on the West Coast – with 2,300 slips and 5,000 linear feet of guest moorage. At full build-out, the Waterfront Place mixed-use development will include 63,000 square feet (sf) of retail/restaurant space, another 20,000 sf of marine retail, 447,500 sf of office, two waterfront hotels, and up to 660 waterfront housing units. Featured amenities include new trails and regional parks, public gathering spaces, a variety of fine and casual dining, local shops, and marine sales and services. The project’s expected $1 billion in public/private investment is estimated to support nearly 2,100 family-wage jobs and generate $8.6 million annually in state and local sales taxes. To date, the Port has facilitated more than $300 million in public/private investment here, with more to come. For more information, visit