Remember the days of the corner bakery where you could get sweet rolls, Danish and butter biscuits made that day?Those days still exist if you check out some of the new and existing sweet shops in Hampton Roads.
BREAD GARDENVillage Square Shopping Center, corner of Warwick Boulevard and Colony Road, upper Newport News
Owners: Baker Jaehun Yu and wife-general manager Yoonjung Yu of York County. In the United States for 10 years, the couple has always loved to bake. He went to culinary school in Korea, she's a hobbyist baker. Jaehun is at the bakery around 3 a.m. daily, creating fresh goodies every day.
Specialty: Chestnut, curry, banana, peanut cream, pizza, chocolate cranberry and red bean paste breads; almond cookies; animal cakes; cupcakes; sweet rice baguettes; and many others. Selections often vary. At the holiday time, they offer apple and pumpkin pies and decorated cakes and cookies. Many pastries feature Yoonjung's "secret cream" recipe that's light, fluffy and delicately sweet. Great Mountain gourmet coffee is also sold.
Hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday
Info: email@example.com or 757-988-0450
In Virginia Beach, Bread Garden products are sold at:
309 Aragona Blvd.
Specialty: Japanese foods; Bread Garden items include sugar buns, custard and melon bread and castilla bread, or sponge cake.
Info: www.jmartjmart.com or 757-201-3520
649 New Town Road, Suite 105
Specialty: International foods; Bread Garden items include peanut cream, coffee cream, sweet bean paste and garlic breads and more.
10373 Warwick Blvd., Newport News
Owners: Jonathan Zwergel and Holly Marzec, both of Newport News
Specialty: European artisan breads, cookies, tarts, muffins, scones and specialty cakes and cupcakes. Wedding, birthday and other special-occasion cake orders take.
Hours: 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
Info: www.hiltonbakery.com or 757-595-0986
1804 Jametown Road, James City CountyCity Center, Oyster Point, Newport News
Owner: Lisa Akdogan of Williamsburg
Speciality: Dessert pies, gourmet pizza, pot pies and sandwiches
Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Sunday in Williamsburg; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Sunday in Newport News
Info: www.buyapie.com or 757-229-7775
CARROT TREE BAKERY/CAFE
1782 Jamestown Road, James City County
CARROT TREE RESTAURANT
411 Main St., Yorktown (serves only slices, not entire baked goods)
Owner: Debi Helsetch of Williamsburg
Specialty: Carrot, chocolate fudge, coconut, sour cream pound, almond and chocolate raspberry cakes; lemon chess, coconut custard, pecan, Key Lime and chocolate chunk pecan pies; brownies; quick breads; cupcakes and seasonal sugar cookies. Dessert trays, tiered special-occasion cakes and group-event cakes also available.
Info: www.carrotmuseum.co.uk/ctree.html; 757-229-0957 in Williamsburg, 757-988-1999 in Yorktown
Williamsburg Crossing Shopping Center, Williamsburg
Owner: Mark Florimonte of Williamsburg
Specialty: Black Forest cake; cheese cake; cream puffs; éclairs; cannolis; cream horns; breakfast pastires; cookies; tiramisu; pies; and fresh fruit cakes. Special-occasion and specialty cakes available, too.
MORE SWEET SHOPS
CHESAPEAKEBaker's Crust, 1244 Greenbrier Parkway; www.bakerscrust.com or 757-547-2787
LaChoclatier Bakery, 501 Kempsville Road; www.lachoclatier.com or 757-337-3940.
Jessica's Sweet Shop Café & Bakery, 6558 Main St., Gloucester; 804-693-5235.
Taste and See Cakery, custom orders only at www.tasteandseecakery.com or 757-719-1081.
Baker's Crust, 330 W. 21st St., Ghent in Norfolk; www.bakerscrust.com or 757-625-3600.
Chocollage, 201 College Place, Unit 109; 757-533-5335.
Rowena's, 758 W. 22nd St.; www.rowenas.com or 757-627-8699.
Briar Patch Tea Room, 475-I Wythe Creek Plaza; www.briarpatchtearoom.com or757-868-6843.
Bull Island Eats and Treats, 800 Poquoson Ave.; 757-868-0013.
Lisa's Sweet Shop, 409 S. Church St., Smithfield; 757-357-0022.
Smithfield Gourmet Bakery, 218 Main St.; 757-357-0045.
Baker's Crust, 704 Hilltop North Shopping Center; www.bakerscrust.com or 757-422-6703.
Sugar Plum Bakery, 1353 Laskin Road; www.sugarplumbakery.org or 757-422-3913