Designer Bakeries Around The Globe

Cece Stelljes of Revamp Interior Design, a good friend and colleague of TaraPaige Group, has recommended we check out the rise of  the designer bakery phenomenon happening around the globe. It is true that over the past few years there has been a tremendous increase in the demand for healthy, organic, artisanal, all-natural, ancient-grain breads and baked goods. As this demand increased, so too did the price the guest was willing to pay for these products. It would follow that with the increase in quality and price would come the element of design; why not display beautiful product in a beautiful designer space?

Whilst the general notion of the design for a bakery has traditionally been rustic and/or “homey,” there has been more and more of a push towards modern and cool looking bakeries. Why not match the already visually appealing products to an aesthetically pleasing decor and design? The Cool Hunter has mapped out some designer bakeries found in Italy, Japan, Austria, Spain, Australia and Greece amongst others. The common design theme in these seems to be clean lines, textured surfaces and minimalist color schemes. The illusion of grandeur is also prevalent in these new designer bakeries, as is the case with Blé Bakery in Thessaloniki, Greece, which houses a 40ft tall wood oven – the world’s largest.

The other common factor is that these bakeries are, for the most part, centrally located in urban cities, which adds a good amount of drama and liveliness that comes from busy urban life; a sharp contrast to the more farm-feel bakeries. To check out some photos of the new sleek, minimalist designer bakery trend, click here 


Top North Fork and Hamptons Bakeshops compiled a list of the top ten bakeshops to visit this year in the Hamptons and North Fork. From breads and pastries  to cookies and cakes, here are a few bakeries to visit in the area:

Ye Olde Bakeshop: This bakery is mostly known for their giant linzer tart cookies, but the cinnamon buns, cinnamon cookies and cherry turnovers are also worth the trip.

Simon’s Beach Bakery Cafe: This bakery has been around for nearly 25 years and recently underwent a renovation. They acquired a liquor license, have a larger selection of baked goods and are also serving kosher breakfast and lunch foods.

Levain Bakery: Levain Bakery’s famous chocolate chip cookie can now be found in Wainscott. Aside from their amazing six-ounce cookies they also offer an assortment of rustic breads. As a nice touch, the products that are not sold during the day are donated to the needy.


To see the full top ten list of bakeshops click here 

Saraghina Bakery is Set to Open in Bed-Stuy

Edoardo Mantelli, from Saraghina pizzeria, is set to open a bakery next door in the coming week. All products including ciabatta, focaccia, bastone, micca and pane di campagna will be made with organic flours and natural leaveners. The shop will also sell fresh pastas, sandwiches, pastries, and coffee to go.

Saraghina Bakery                                                                                                                                                                                                             433 Halsey St., near. Lewis Ave.                                                                                                                                                                           Bedford-Stuyvesant                                                                                                                                                                                                       718-574-5500


Holey Donuts to Go from Online to West Village Location

Holey Donuts, the popular online donut retailer, is opening its first brick and mortar location this summer in the West Village. Holey Donuts is unique in that their products have half the calories and one-seventh the fat of traditional donuts. The company has been in operation 10 years as an online retailer. Unlike most donut shops, Holey Donuts will not display any donuts in their store  in order to avoid waste and numerous unsold donuts. Instead, Holey Donuts will be kept warm in a machine that holds 480 at a time. 

Holey Donuts is set to open at 101 Seventh Avenue South this May.

Four & Twenty Cafe at Brooklyn Public Libraray

Emily and Melissa Elsen recently opened Four and Twenty Blackbirds Cafe in the Central Brooklyn Public Library. The sisters are the owners and operators of one of Brooklyn’s most beloved pie shops by the same name since 2010. They have been operating a temporary version of the cafe, with a limited menu, since the beginning of the month, but have officially rolled out the full menu at the new space at the library in Grand Army Plaza.

Cafe Hours: Mon-Thurs 9AM–6PM, Fri-Sat: 10AM–6PM, Closed Sunday

Thanksgivukkah Doughnuts

Alphabet City’s Zucker Bakery announced plans to introduce a treat that embodies the best of both Hanukkah and Thanksgiving: the “Thanksgivukkah” doughnut. The four versions of this savory holiday hybrid snack range from $3.50 to $5. These are the fillings, each enveloped by spiced pumpkin dough and powdered sugar:

Sweet Potato with Toasted Marshmallow

Turkey Cranberry

Turkey Gravy



150 Wythe Avenue at North 8th Street (Williamsburg) • 718.388.8037

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Their Success…telling a story through their guest experience.  From the artifacts in its storefront to its layout, to its passionate and dedicated staff, everything about Bakeri paints a more in-depth picture of its concept, indicating to guests what type of products they might expect to find, what type of service they will experience, and what the enterprise values.

When guests first glimpse Bakeri, they might notice the antique scales in the window, or the mid-century light fixture illuminating the lettering on its front window, or the vintage containers perched on the ledge as though someone’s grandmother had left it there for a moment.  Inside, guests will certainly notice the 1950’s-style jumpsuits that serve as staff uniforms, the handmade signs for products, and the farmhouse-style kitchen adjacent to the main counter.  Bakeri feels as though it were the central hearth plucked from a Midwestern farm, which is echoed in its products—largely comprised of updated versions of American classics.

Furthermore, each space within Bakeri builds upon the others to create an experience for guests.  Guests can linger up front, or wander towards the back of the enterprise into its garden like one would at a home. While normally we spotlight streamlined service flow, the relaxed flow at Bakeri serves to enhance the guests’ experience, rather than detract from it.  It generates a leisureliness that reinforces the feeling of being at home in the enterprise.

With its design—both spatial and interior— coming together, the experience at Bakeri feels genuine, authentic, and comforting, just like its delicious baked goods.

Take Aways…Each element of your enterprise, from your layout to your staff uniforms, should speak to something about your concept, building upon each other to create a true experience for your guests—a feeling that they have entered a space completely separate and distinct from the world around it.  Being a guest in your enterprise should feel like a story that guests are told through the atmosphere and products you have created.


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