The Bakery Bunch


Katy Nelson

Katy Nelson grew up in Ames, IA but always dreamed of a bigger city. Upon completion of the Iowa Culinary Institute, she moved to Chicago to further her dreams of pastry. She continued her education at the French Pastry School and worked in Chicago as a pastry chef until the coast came calling. After about 5 years in Chicago, it was finally time for Seattle. While Seattle was ideal city, the draw of family and Iowa was too strong. She always knew that her business would be in the Midwest, and thus Scenic Route Bakery was born in Des Moines, IA. Her passion may have once been focused on the plate alone, but her true calling was found in the challenge of managing people. SRB is her home and the SRB team is family

Mark Nelson

Mark Nelson grew up in the context of a very loving military family, so all the way up until high school “home” was his family, but not necessarily a specific place.  Mark was in the army himself for about five years and this is where his drive and passion for leadership was honed, but passion for good leadership and his entrepreneurial spirit had there from the beginning. It has always been Mark’s dream to have a business where he can truly honor people’s talents and skills and help grow them in their journey. Seeing that his daughter also had these passions and dreams, they set out on the road of small business hand-in-hand.


Josh Hanks • Bakery Manager

Josh was born in Arnold, Missouri, just outside of St. Louis.  He’s an industry lifer who first got into baking because he loved bread and wanted his evenings free.  Now, it’s all he knows to do. Josh and his wife, Jen, have been married since 2001 and have two boys, two dogs, some fish and a lizard.  “Flour to the people!”

Summer Mills • Cafe Lead

Mer grew up in Des Moines and graduated from East High School. She started working at the bakery during her senior year in 2015, and has since been promoted in May 2018. Scenic Route has been her home away from home since then and is her favorite place to be. Summer enjoys drawing and doing makeup in her free-time. Summer has two cats, named Kuro and Dortio, and they are sweet baby angels. 

Meet the Staff

Lauryn • FOH

Favorite color: Blue

Fun Fact: I eat strawberries with the tops on them.

Doug • FOH

Favorite Color: Lapis

Fun Fact: I can lick my elbow.

Echo • FOH

Favorite color: Yellow

Fun Fact: I write poetry and lyrics in my free time.

Chelsea • FOH

Favorite Color: Black

Fun Fact: I have a double jointed back. 

Hannah • FOH

Favorite Color: Yellow

Fun Fact: I still have a baby tooth.

Whitney • FOH

Favorite color: Orange

Fun Fact: I don't know how to use a digital camera.

Rachel • FOH 

Favorite color: Red

Fun Fact: I've traveled to six different countries.

Annie • FOH

Favorite color: Blue

Fun Fact: I can cross one eye.

Mariana - FOH

Favorite color: Mauve 

Fun Fact: I love reading, and it actually helped me learn English when I moved to the U.S.

Chris • Baker

Favorite color: Pink

Fun Fact: I sing myself to sleep every night.

KaLani • Cook

Favorite color: Dark Blue

Fun Fact: I'm the drummer in a 90's cover band.

Melissa • Baker

Favorite Color: Green

Fun Fact: I have a furry baby son named Eli.

Yelena • Cook

Favorite color: Green

Fun Fact: I was born in Russia