Kin Bakeshop’s last pop-up before it opens in Goleta

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – A new bakery will open in Goleta next year.

News Channel producer Kiani Hildebrandt visited Kin Bakeshop’s latest pop-up to learn more about the bakery’s journey. Owner and baker, Tommy Chang, said he’s spent the past two years setting up the pop-up shops in Santa Barbara; he named it Kin because he wants to build a community that feels like a family.

“The word kin, why we chose this name is because of the customers, because that’s what they mean to me and the rest of the team,” Chang said.

Kin offers brioche donuts in flavors ranging from tiramisu, coconut, mango, Ube, and creme brulee. Chang said his inspiration came from spending his childhood in Korea and Santa Barbara.

“And coming back and wanting to share what I’ve learned and what I’m learning. The black sesame latte is a direct product of that.”

Since the middle of the pandemic, customers have lined up every Saturday for these specialty and delicious donuts, with some arriving two hours before doors open at 10:00 a.m.

“There weren’t a lot of things like Asian influences and Asian food around, especially Asian desserts,” Chang said. “So learning more about the parents and learning more about it felt really endearing to me.”

A few clients have even started volunteering and working for relatives.

Kin also offers traditional drinks like Vietnamese iced coffee and Einspanner, a trendy drink in Korea.

Chang is now asking the Santa Barbara community for help. Kin Bakeshop is transitioning from a pop-up to its own location across from San Marcos High School on the site of the former Payless shoe store.

Chang and his team are trying to raise $50,000 on Kickstarter.

“It comes down to the community. I prefer to work with people within the community so that when we open it feels like we did it together,” Chang said.

Two days after asking for help, the Kin community donated $20,000.