flavors are an homage to the bakeries of my
youth. One in particular stands out - Trefzger’s in Peoria
They have been located in a small storefront on Prospect
Road since 1861. Every time I go back to Illinois for a visit (several
times each year), I have to have their Maple Danish Coffee Cake and
Thumbprint Cookies. Every Trefzger's customer has his
or her favorite. I've tried other baked goods
through the years and loved them all, but my favorites remain the
little thumbprint cookies with nutty shortbread crust and a shiny
dollop of pastel icing in the middle and the maple iced coffee cakes
whose flaky layers remind me of a strudel.
When I go back to Peoria and visit Trefzger's, it is just like I
remember it when I was young - standing room only, take a number, fight
your way to the front and hope that nobody orders that last Maple
Danish Coffeecake before you get to the front of the line. The
wonderful smells emanating from their backroom kitchen, the glass
showcases where the goodies line up (and disappear quickly!), and
standing in line with my Grandma Bette while patiently waiting our
turn, are all memories that are burned into my mind.
Columbus we don’t have a tradition of standing in lines like we did in
Peoria. There, we we would wait hours (hours!) for Gil’s fried chicken or for a
pork tenderloin sandwich at the Spring Bay Tavern.
A long line at a business says a few things: the product is fresh, it’s authentic, it’s beloved by the community and it is definitely something everyone wants. In our travels, whenever Charly and I see a long line, we always stop. This is how we ended up having the most amazing dim sum in Vancouver, or bolito misto in Florence at Mario’s or the most unforgettable ice cream at Finnochio’s in Nice, France.
Some people find lines annoying, even agonizing, and they avoid them. To me, a long line means there's something wonderful waiting at the end. We're guessing that our Bakeshop flavors will create more than one line out our doors this winter!
You can order our Bakeshop collection online too - we'll ship them right to you!