To Our Loyal Customers
Before the Corner Bakery, Specialty's Cafe & Bakery, Starbucks, and Peet's Coffee, there were small mom and pop bakeries that dotted our small towns and communities. The place where everybody knew your name, where finger-prints were welcome on the glass of the front door, and where cookie cases held surprise treats if you were good while your mom ordered your birthday cake.
In 1952, on a dirt road lined with trees, and a church across the street, a family by the name of Glenn opened this little bakery. The husband and wife bakery team were known for their delicious, organic, hearty breads and a fabulous spice cake- simple recipes baked with love. This was their American Dream.
Through the years, new owners have come and gone. I've often imagined them in the wee hours baking away just like me after hearing loyal customers tell stories of birthday cakes and wedding cakes, and marzipan-mice or princess cakes, the dream of cream cakes, and of course the beloved shortbread iced nostalgic cookie.
Growing up in Oakland, CA, the Merritt Bakery and Neldam's Bakery were my family’s go to bakeries. A bakery in town is a piece of Americana. Through love and passion, the wonderful creations made become such a fixture in every family’s special occasions. In 2006, I had the opportunity to buy this bakery in Danville, an institution, some would say, where the main street held the heart of the town. Filled with a passion for people, a sweet tooth, and a dream to set an example for my two daughters that you could step out of your comfort zone, I took a risk and stepped out with my pastry bag in hand. Here we are, nine years later, and a gazillion cakes, cupcakes, fresh baked pastries, and of course our wedding cakes and cookies too!
Today, it is with our heavy hearts that we inform you that effective July 4th, 221 Hartz Ave will no longer be the home of the Old Towne Danville Bakery. It has been a wonderful experience and I could not have asked for a better community to serve for. I am so sorry to have to share this news with you, and I want to personally thank you for all your loyalty and support. To be very honest, our building landlord has agreed with another company to lease our building. We tried our best efforts to negotiate terms, but unfortunately an agreement was not made.
For us the timing is not the best, we appreciate our committed loyal staff as we navigate these times but I am determined to continue business as usual until we are able to locate a new home. Our name and our number will remain the same, we will continue to bake and take customer orders through our email, our website, and by phone. We will be in a commercial kitchen in this transitionary phase as we locate our new home. We are committed to our brides and grooms at the venues we so love, and look forward to a busier and brighter future as this new door opens.
We encourage you to follow us through our newsletter, Facebook, and Instagram, as we will be in constant contact with you all as new information unfolds. This is an end of an era in one location, but our legacy will continue on. Thank you again for all your support throughout the years.
-Karen Cordeiro, Owner, Old Towne Danville Bakery