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Hoehn’s Bakery in Baltimore closing after 95 years

BALTIMORE, MD -- 7/1/09 -- RE HIGHLANDTOWN 05 KIRSCHBAUM -- photo by JED KIRSCHBAUM/ BALTIMORE SUN-- digital image#_JED8504----Hoehn's Bakery sign is hard to see since it was place behind yellowing plastic to keep it from being broken, but everyone in the neighborhood knows where it is at the corner of Bank St. and S. Conkling. ///story: Highlandtown neighborhood profile
BALTIMORE, MD -- 7/1/09 -- RE HIGHLANDTOWN 05 KIRSCHBAUM -- photo by JED KIRSCHBAUM/ BALTIMORE SUN-- digital image#_JED8504----Hoehn's Bakery sign is hard to see since it was place behind yellowing plastic to keep it from being broken, but everyone in the neighborhood knows where it is at the corner of Bank St. and S. Conkling. ///story: Highlandtown neighborhood profile (Jed Kirschbaum / Baltimore Sun)

Hoehn’s Bakery, a beloved Baltimore mainstay of nearly 95 years, announced it is shuttering its doors Friday.

“Many will hope that we will reopen but, We will not be reopening,” the family-owned Highlandtown bakery wrote on Instagram.

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“Please know that we are closing due to multiple reasons not just one,” the post read. “Just like everyone else we will miss it too.”

Hoehn’s has supplied Baltimoreans with renowned peach cakes, doughnuts, smearcase cheesecake and bread pudding from the corner of Bank and S. Conkling streets since 1927.

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Hoehn's Bakery doughnuts
Hoehn's Bakery doughnuts (Kenneth K. Lam / Baltimore Sun)

Maegan Sahlender, who said her father and cousin ran the bakery and who worked in the shop for eight years, said the decision to close was not easy.

Sahlender said her father’s health and cousin’s age made it difficult for them to continue.

“They can’t do it anymore,” she wrote in a Facebook message to a reporter. “I watched my father and cousin work so hard everyday. ... It’s time for them to relax and take a break.”

The bakery’s website was disabled as of Friday.

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The Baltimore Sun has described Hoehn’s as a “hidden gem of Highlandtown and a true Baltimore bakery.”

“They still use the same massive brick hearth oven from 1927 and the same recipes that came over from Germany with [owner] Sharon Hoehn Hooper’s grandfather,” according to The Sun.

Sahlender said she will “forever be grateful for all of the time I shared with my father baking and learning from him.”

The bakery was Sahlender’s second home, she wrote.

“All of the customers walking through the door weren’t just customers,” she wrote. “they were apart of our big Hoehns family.”

One day before the announcement, the Baltimore City Health Department said that it had ordered Hoehn’s to close after finding what it described as an “insect infestation and general unsanitary conditions.”

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