Archive for Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Sweet tooth can find home in downtown Baldwin bakery

Trenda and Brian Garrett opened Bulldog Bakery’s Sweet Shop at 719 Eighth Street just in time for the Maple Leaf Festival. The couple, who run the shop with their teenage children, Amber and Zach, plan to have traditional cakes, pies, cookies and pastries, as well as frequent surprises.

Trenda and Brian Garrett opened Bulldog Bakery’s Sweet Shop at 719 Eighth Street just in time for the Maple Leaf Festival. The couple, who run the shop with their teenage children, Amber and Zach, plan to have traditional cakes, pies, cookies and pastries, as well as frequent surprises.

October 24, 2012

Brian and Trenda Garrett were still tired Monday from a hectic Maple Leaf Festival.

The couple opened the Bulldog Bakery’s Sweet Shop at 719 Eighth Street, last week, just in time for the festival. The shop proved popular with downtown Maple Leaf visitors, especially when warm fall weather made its ice cream a refreshing alternative to kettle corn and funnel cakes.

“I’m still recovering,” Brian said. “I think I will be for a couple of days.”

On Monday afternoon, the shop was finding its normal routine. Customers wandered in regularly, asking if it was open and then checking out what it had to offer.

The curious learned it had cookies, pastries, cakes, pies, rolls, muffins and other sweet baked goods to eat and a variety of brewed coffees and teas to drink. Customers can chose from a number of spiced coffees but not espressos or latte drinks.

“That’s available in a lot of other places in town,” Brian said. “We want to find our own niche.”

That niche is defined by the possessive in the name, Bulldog Bakery’s. Trenda said they used the apostrophe to let customers know the shop was more focused on sweet baked goods than breads. But that doesn’t mean customers will never find breads there, particularly when the weather turns cooler.

“We’ll have soup when it starts getting colder,” Trenda said. “We’ll have breads with them. Maybe a beef stew in a bread bowl.”

Helping Brian and Trenda during the busy weekend and on Monday with local schools closed were their teenage children, Amber and Zach. It’s an extension of the home routine of shared kitchen chores, the couple said.

“We’ve always cooked together and bounced ideas off each other,” Brian said. “We’ve thought about doing something like this for a long time.

“Then a couple of months ago, we had the opportunity to put it all together. Both of us just wanted a quality of life change.”

A goal of the Garretts is to keep the shop’s offerings fresh. That not only means freshly baked — the Garretts will bake the shop’s goods two to three times a week at the two industrial ovens Stan Vickers has at Antiques on the Prairie — but a rotation of baked goods that mixes the traditional with the unusual.

“We’ll have something like pecan pie, but we will mix in something unique like Neapolitan pie with strawberry topping, chocolate filling and vanilla crust,” Brian said. “We want to have something interesting, and it will always change. We’ll have a cookie of the day or a pie of the day.”

“We’ll do the same with ice cream,” Trenda said. “We have eight flavors now. As we run out, we’ll order something different.”

The Garretts see the shop appealing to seniors and farmers in the morning wanting to enjoy coffee, a “breakfasty” pastry or slice of pie and conversation. They also hope Baker University students take advantage of the WIFI soon to be installed to do school work and younger students will drop by the shop after school.

While their goal is to be a gathering place for young and old, the Garretts expect many of the pies, cakes and other baked goods they make to be consumed outside the shop.

“I expect much of our business will be special orders,” she said. “I already have a request for pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving.”

The shop’s hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. It is closed Tuesday.

Comments

hyperinflate 1 year, 11 months ago

Let's just hope its better than the last Bulldog Bakery here in town. Those people were FLAKES.

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Goldie 1 year, 11 months ago

The Garretts are great people. Wish you both the best of luck

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Notyouraverage 1 year, 11 months ago

Why is it someone always has to say something negative? I sure hyperinflate is the greatest person in the world. Best of Luck!

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hyperinflate 1 year, 11 months ago

I wish the Garrets the very best of luck. This is a hard town to make it as a retail establishment. Especially downtown. Especially a bakery.

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showtime 1 year, 11 months ago

Went there Thursday a.m. and bought one of each item. DELICIOUS! The "strawberry crackle", I believe it is called, was fantastic!

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vtbrit 1 year, 10 months ago

Great news guys...what can you mail me :-)

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