Our story

We believe that it’s the shared love of craft that makes our bakery and team so special.


Baking is our kraft. From our carefully hand shaped artisan breads to our delicate laminated pastries, we thrive on nourishing the appetite with only the finest ingredients and passion for the art.
From our previous location at the historic textile mill in the Houston Heights, to our latest historic location in East Downtown Houston, our choice of location is a testament to our passion in being surrounded and inspired by history, design, and art.


Founder Scott Tycer meets Mike Zakowski—head baker at Itzi’s—at a chocolate tasting in the Heights. Tycer’s restaurant Aries had just opened. Because it was limited on kitchen space, table bread from a local artisan bakery was used. Mike and Scott found they could bake higher quality bread , so they opened Kraftsmen Baking together as a small retail location at 4100 Montrose and a wholesale location on Roy street in the Rice Military neighborhood.


Mike Zakowski sold his shares back to Kraftsmen and moved to Sonoma where he could train for the US Bread Baking team under master baker, Craig Ponsford.


Wholesale facilities move to the historic Heights, in a charming old building called “the Oriental Textile Mill”. The building appealed to Scott because of its age and location in one of Houston’s oldest neighborhoods.


Juan Carlos Ramirez becomes the Head Baker. Juan had worked for Kraftsmen through out its history, having been a protégé of Mike Zakowski. The same year, a second Kraftsmen café opens in the same building.


In 2020, Kraftsmen Baking has more than 200 accounts from Houston, Galveston, and Austin.


2022 We successfully navigated the challenges of COVID-19 and got stronger in the process.


In July of 2023 Kraftsmen renews its journey in a state of the art facility based in Historic East Downtown Houston. Occupying another beautiful historic space, maintaining a connection with our roots while continuing to grow and advance the business.

Our Team

Scott Tycer


Taylor Yancey

Sales Manager

Jeremy Scott

Sales Manager

Juan Carlos

Master Baker


We believe in doing our part to make sure that the local community is taken care of. Throughout the year, we contribute to various causes.