About Us

Francois and Melissa Kiemde

Since 1921, the building at the corner of Randolph and Syndicate in St. Paul has operated as a family-run, neighborhood bakery. Each generation of ownership has represented families dedicated to collaborating and bringing this community their best in bread and pastries.

In 2017, when West African born French pastry chef and owner François Kiemde and his midwestern rooted wife/business partner, Melissa Borgmann-Kiemde, purchased PJ Murphy’s Bakery, they understood their opportunity, and their responsibility, to steward the legacy of this neighborhood establishment forward. Marking 100 years in operation, Francois and Melissa answer the call bringing this bakery and its products into the next century and new iteration -- adding a second location in the Arts District of Northeast Minneapolis. 

Reflecting both the neighborhood roots and the global reach of a French artisan, the Kiemdes, together are evolving the bakery to authentically reflect who they are and their small businesses core values of Community, Curiosity, and Quality.

Core Values:

  • Quality: Quality is about understanding our path to excellence.
  • Curiosity: Curiosity is our willingness to learn and be open hearted.
  • Community: Community is our team work.