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Heinz Bakery closes; new locally run shop to open in September

Carroll residents picked up their last doughnuts and sandwiches from family-owned Heinz Bakery in Westminster Saturday. The bakery, located at 42 W. Main St., has closed its doors, but the space is expected to reopen as a bakery under a new name and owners in the fall.

The family-run bakery, owned by Heinz Luesse, had been a staple in the Main Street community for decades. Luesse did not return calls and emails seeking comment for this article.

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The Luesse family will keep the building, but Westminster baker Jeannie Vogel and her husband Bernie, who has a background in food service, are leasing the space and plan to reopen it as Jeannie Bird Baking Company in September.

Jeannie, who has a long history as a pastry chef, will be expanding her business from a tent and table at the Westminster Farmers Market to its first brick-and-mortar building.

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Over the years, she has worked as a pastry chef at restaurants and shops throughout Maryland: King's Contrivance Restaurant in Columbia, the now-closed Renaissance Fine Pastry, and Snaffles in Frederick.

For the past four years, Vogel has been offering her sweet and savory pastries at the farmers market. She said her family always thought they would eventually open their own bakery, but career changes and three children halted that dream for a time.

Now that the couple's youngest child has completed freshman year of college, the pair started looking for a shop.

Vogel said patrons can expect more of their popular signature butterhorn pastry, a buttered cinnamon-topped pastry, along with sandwiches and other goods at the shop.

She expects to keep her pastries close to the price point at which they were sold at the farmer's market.

Missie Wilcox, a Westminster marketing consultant, said she is happy to see the downtown Main Street business community continue to grow.

"It's been tremendous to have them and they are an important producer at our downtown Westminster Farmers Market," Wilcox said. "We know they will continue an outstanding baking tradition."

Westminster Common Councilman Robert Wack said he is sure the Vogels will continue the "family baking essence" in Westminster.

"I couldn't think of a better group to continue the Heinz family legacy," Wack said.

Still, some like Westminster Common Councilman Tony Chiavacci were disapointed to see Heinz Bakery close.

"Everything there was clearly homemade; they were local," Chiavacci said. "They were part of the community. They were local, so you knew your money was staying local. And they were right there on Main Street, so you were supporting the downtown community."

Reach staff writer Krishana Davis at 410-857-7862 or email krishana.davis@carrollcountytimes.com.

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