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Little T American Baker Celebrating 10 Years!!

By Tracey Henkels, June 28, 2018

Little T American Baker is celebrating their 10-year anniversary this summer!

In 1997, Tim Healea found himself in need of vocational inspiration. Unenthusiastic about his career in New York City’s fast-paced world of magazine publishing, Tim took a leap of faith and enrolled at the Institute of Culinary Education, an act which would ultimately ignite his greatest passion: baking.

Nancy Silverton’s iconic book, Breads from the La Brea Bakery became an unexpected source of inspiration for Tim. He soon found himself catapulted heart-first into the complex world of three simple ingredients: flour, salt, and water.

So in 1998, Tim packed up his mixing bowls and headed west, landing at Portland’s renown Pearl Bakery, where he would serve as head baker for nearly a decade.

In 2002, Tim earned his infamous “Little T” nickname, while competing as the youngest member, and second “Tim” on the Bread Bakers Guild’s silver medal winning USA team, in the prestigious Coupe Du Monde de la Boulangerie baking competition.   

Six years later, upon leaving Pearl Bakery and finding a life of consulting unfulfilling, Tim’s dream of owning his own bakery became reality. Little T American Baker opened in 2008, in the heart of the city’s most popular food district, off SE Division Street at 26th Avenue. Little T’s locally sourced sweet and savory fare soon became a neighborhood staple for locals and tourists alike.

With their 10-year anniversary around the corner, Little T is now an official community one-stop shop for gluttons of all things gluten. Known not only for their superior selection of complex, crunchy crusts and delicious daily variety of flaky pastries, sweet treats, and local Coava coffee and espresso, Little T has a well-earned reputation for community involvement and responsible business practices.

Looking for a place to munch on a Jacobson sea-salt dusted brownies or a pistachio bear paw amongst friends? Little T American Baker is the spot for you.


Located at 2600 SE Division Street @ SE 26th Avenue.

Open Mon – Sat, 7am – 5p / Sun, 8a – 2p


Tracey Henkels

Earth Advantage Principal Broker

Tracey Henkels attributes her disciplined nature and relentless work ethic and to a childhood spent rising and retiring by the light of the sun, on her family’s apple orchard in Iowa. Gratefully, that Midwestern mentality has served her well over the years, and Tracey continues to deliver excellent customer service, superior technical skill, and a wide array of industry knowledge both directly and on behalf of her clients. While Tracey wouldn’t trade her career as a Real Estate broker for any other, her first love was actually Architecture, a craft she studied at Iowa State University during her undergraduate years. After receiving her degree, Tracey worked as an Architect for over 6 years before deciding she wanted to forge a new professional path. In 2004, Tracey jumped heart-first into the world of buying and selling houses, and is proud to say, she’s never looked back.   When you meet Tracey, one of the first things you notice is her positive energy, and zest for life. One of her favorite things about being a broker is the ability to help people make powerful transitions in their lives. Tracey’s natural patience, unwavering professionalism, and optimistic attitude make her a both a compassionate broker, and tough negotiator. Tracey is committed to serving others, being involved in her community, and giving back. When she isn’t working hard to best serve her clients, you might find her tending to her garden, growing fresh vegetables, exotic plants, and beautiful flowers, apprenticing a professional woodworker making fine furniture, or planning her next exciting adventure with her wife, Bernadette. Contact Tracey at or 503-715-6140
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