Helene Godin

Owner, By the Way Bakery

On the hunt for a new career path, former corporate media attorney Helene Godin noticed that the gluten-free foods section in her supermarket was expanding. She saw a business opportunity.

One year after leaving her job in 2010, she opened By the Way Bakery in Hastings-on-Hudson. It specializes in gluten-free, dairy-free, and kosher treats, everything from chocolate layer cakes to challah. The business has been so successful, Godin opened a second store on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in 2014 and just recently launched a third store on the Upper East Side. Godin now employs more than 25 people. Whole Foods also sells her creations in nine local stores.

How did a non-baking lawyer learn to make treats good enough to turn her store in Hastings-on-Hudson into a destination? “I took all of my legal-research skills and applied them to baking and building a business,” she says. That meant experimenting for four months just to find the right flour. She also recruited a head baker, Jeremy McKendry, who had worked for Mario Batali.

The fact that the baked goods are gluten-free “has to be an afterthought,” Godin says, as in, “Oh, by the way, that cookie you had is gluten-free.” Apparently, many baked-goods lovers, including those without dietary restrictions, agree with her. “Westchester is more of an untapped market than many people realize,” she says. 

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Milagros Lecuona

Councilwoman, City of White Plains

Maria Karalis

Managing Partner, BDO

Helene Godin

Owner, By the Way Bakery

Leslie Jackson

Senior Director of Operations and Chief Nursing Officer, Mount Kisco Medical Group

Judith Huntington

President, The College of New Rochelle

Laura L. Forese, MD, MPH

Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, NewYork-Presbyterian

Andrea Stewart-Cousins

New York State Senator

Jacqueline Hattar

Partner, Wilson Elser

Bonnie Hagen

Founder, Chief Operating Officer, Bright Energy Services

Jane Solnick

Director, Westchester Public Affairs, ConEdison

Sandra Usleman

Chief Sales Officer, USI Insurance Services

Maria Pampafikos

Co-Owner, Vice President, Royal Regency Hotel

Jill C. Anderson

Senior Vice President, Public Affairs & Business Development, New York Power Authority

Ellen Lynch

President and CEO, The Food Bank for Westchester

Robin Russo

Owner, Robin Leedy & Associates (RLA)

Katrina Adams

Chairman, CEO, and President, United States Tennis Association

Dr. Sherlita Amler

Commissioner, Westchester County Department of Health

Agnes Mullady

President & COO, Gabelli Funds

Leslie Lampert

Owner, Café of Love


More Women in Business
Edit Module