The Team

Craig and Laura Baker-Partners & Founders

Craig and Laura Baker are seasoned veterans in the food, beverage and entertainment business. In the course of 14 ½ years, they have taken Bake’s Place from a small private jazz club to one of the top live music establishments in the world.

What sets Craig apart is his forty plus years in the music and entertainment business. Craig has a demonstrated talent and passion for presenting great music in an atmosphere where the music and the musicians are elevated and given the respect they deserve. Craig has a solid reputation for building strong rapports with both musicians and the audiences he serves.

Laura Baker has over 16 years experience in the culinary industry. She was the founder of the successful catering business A Friend in the Kitchen which provided services for large weddings, corporate functions, small, in-home dinners and special events. Laura has an excellent sensibility for food presentation and staff managements and is well respected for her outstanding customer service skills.


Gary Bodenstab -Partner & Business Development

Gary Bodenstab is an entrepreneur with years of experience in bringing ideas and opportunities to fruition.  Gary is CEO, owner and past president of Johnson Barrow Inc.  He is also the founder, owner and managing director of Bode Properties LLC, and Bode Development, as well as the past, CEO/founder of Inc.

Johnson Barrow is a construction services company, with over 40 years as an industry leader.  Under Gary’s leadership, the company has experienced  profitable growth for over 20 years.  Founded in 1986, Bode Properties has won development awards from NAIOP and SIOR, both national organizations in the development field.