Meet the Team

Meet the Owner

The owner of Books and Bakery is 23 year old, McKenzie Crawford. McKenzie is mother of two young boys, Theo and Eli. McKenzie was born and raised in Carroll, Iowa. She attended and graduated Carroll's public school. As a young girl, McKenzie knew she wanted to run her own small, local business. Reading has played a large role in her life. Many childhood memories include a book in hand or a book sitting nearby. It seemed it only made sense to open a shop and assist others with their book related needs. To see more of McKenzie, find her social media information here.


Meet the Best Volunteer!

McKenzie's brother, Alex Crawford, helps with operating and managing the store. Alex is responsible for donation intake, packaging, deliveries, stocking and organizing inventory, and occasionally retail.  Alex was born and raised in Carroll, Iowa and has just graduated high school. He is autistic and non speaking, so please be kind when interacting with him when he is in the community working. Alex and Kenzie have always been close, so it only made sense they went into business together. With a few accommodations and some assistance, Alex has been jumping head first into helping the business grow. If you'd like to see more about Alex, you can find his social media here



 Meet the Manager

Meet Nichole! Nichole manages the bookstore Monday-Friday. She handles inventory, our Blind Date With a Book, stocking, packaging orders, answering phone calls, updating displays, moving fixtures, coordinating events, retail sales, and just about everything else in between! Nichole is Mom to Alex (volunteer) and McKenzie (owner). She also as another adult daughter, Taylor. Nichole has been married for 25 years this year to the bookstore's muscle, Mark. She spent many years in various retail positions as well as long term care facilities. Before joining the Books and Bakery team, making the business truly a family business, she was a stay-at-home grandmother to her 4 grand babies. Nichole is originally from Denison, before moving to Carroll in her early 20's. She's always ready to help customers with any of their bookish needs.