Renowned Hamilton bakery set to close after 25 years

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Published July 20, 2023 at 9:41 am

Courtesy: The Village Bakery

After 25 years of serving baked goods for all occasions, the Village Bakery in Dundas is preparing to bid a bittersweet farewell to Hamiltonians.

Owner Susan Preston announced that she would close the business at the end of the month (June 29) as she plans to retire.

Village Bakery began as a humble kitchen-table venture in 1998 when Susan and her sister baked and sold Christmas goodies.

As demand for their treats grew, the bakery expanded from a 400 square-foot location to a spacious 2200 square-foot space in mid-town Hamilton.

Along the way, the bakery faced trials, including a significant fire leading them to their current historic Old Post Office home.

Throughout its existence, the Village Bakery has become a fixture in countless celebrations around Dundas.

From birthdays to weddings, fundraising events, and even the legendary Canada Day cake that fed 800 people, the bakery’s sweet creations have played a central role in the town’s special moments over the past 25 years.

In an emotional Instagram post, Preston expressed her mixed feelings about retiring, acknowledging the challenges of the ever-changing business landscape.

She shared her gratitude for the opportunities she had throughout her career and emphasized the joy she found in being a devoted Mom and Nana.

“We have baked our hearts out getting ready for these last two weeks so we hope you are able to get your favourite goodies if only to squirrel them away to savour at a later date,” Preston said.

While the Village Bakery may be bidding farewell, Susan assures everyone that she won’t completely disappear from the culinary scene.

“I will continue my catering business Village Catering. I could never give up my love of cooking and baking and creating yummy goodies,” she added.

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