Corner Comfort

Bloom Bake Shop's yummy, green bent on sweet treats

Downtown Middleton’s getting some chops again. After the closure of a few shops downtown over the years, in addition to the chain restaurants that opened at Greenway Station, Middleton wasn’t known necessarily as a local shopping or dining destination. Now two new retailers have opened in the past year (Chauette and Neena) and local eateries dot Parmenter and Hubbard—Sofra, Roman Candle, Village Green, Villa Dolce, Hubbard Avenue Diner, Vin Santo, Louisianne’s and even the city’s own bakery: Bloom Bake Shop.
Opened a year ago, owner Annemarie Spitznagle took this sunny, quaint corner space and transformed it into baking manna.

Spitznagle is proud—and rightly so—of her shop that’s outfitted with eco-friendly fixtures (Habitat ReStore cabinetry, zero-VOC paints, compostable bakery boxes and Eco-Friendly Flooring, among others) and uses local and only organic ingredients in all of her cupcakes, muffins, brownies and cookies. Spitznagle lists Pecatonica eggs, Just Coffee, organic peanut butter, and Quince and Apple preserves as some of her vendors.

Just a warning: you’ll have a tough time deciding what to get. With over sixty varieties of cupcakes whipped up, flavors change daily (and seasonally, depending on ingredients available). The day we were there we spotted s’mores, cookie dough, chocolate buttercream, carrot cake and more.

“I grew up in Louisiana, where food was a religion,” remarks Spitznagle. “So I’ve always grown up with this affinity for things baked from scratch—and people love that.”

Bloom Bake Shop, 1834 Parmenter St., Middleton. 831-5797.

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