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FAB Bakery was founded in 2017 by Shynara Bakisheva. Hailing from Kazakhstan, Shynara started off her adult life working as an interpreter for an oil and gas company, between Russian and English. Her relocation to the UK came when she met her English husband Russell. 

Once settled in Newcastle, she became dismayed at her inability to find bread of a high quality. In Kazakhstan, bread is a symbol of hospitality and holds a lot of value. In Russia, bread and salt is a traditional gift brought by guests to your home too.


Frustrated by the lack of options in the North, Shynara enrolled on a bread course in Scotland. After completing this bread course, she knew she had more to learn and in 2014, she enrolled in a 10-month Advanced Diploma in Bread Making from the School of Artisan Food in Nottinghamshire. On her return, after spending time working at both Fenwick's in Newcastle and Vallum Farm in Northumberland, she built up her reputation and the confidence to launch on her own, and Fresh Artisan Bread Ltd (FAB) Bakery was founded in 2017.

After supplying countless restaurants and retailers in the region, an opportunity arose to lease the empty unit on Fenham Hall Drive. Formerly a well-loved butchery, it seemed the perfect home for a place of her own. At the beginning of April and in the midst of lockdown, Shynara launched the FAB Bakery. After becoming a bit of a beacon in the lockdown landscape, the bakery regularly has queues around the block, with loyal customers waiting patiently and avidly for their daily bread.

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A musician, a neurologist, an architect, a DEFRA project manager, and a carpenter (that's Chris, and he's not in this shot). All have become bakers, and Shynara could not be without them!