As a family-owned, local business, we love supporting other innovators and entrepreneurs in the Pioneer Valley. This month’s small business spotlight is on… bakeries in Western MA!
Whether we’re picking up a cake for a birthday or just grabbing a sweet treat on our drive home from work, Western Mass bakeries always hit the spot. If you’re looking for a go-to spot for a sweet treat, here are a few local bakeries nearby that you should visit:
Bakeries In Western MA
Located in the center of West Springfield, Cerrato’s Pastry Shop is family owned and known for fresh, European-style cakes, cookies, pastry, and wedding cakes. From their cannolis and cookies to their specialty triple chocolate or layered rum cakes, they have dozens of options and are beloved by the Western Massachusetts community. Learn more and order online.
A newer sweet-treat shop in Springfield, MA, Hot Oven Cookies offers fresh-baked, gourmet cookies in innovative flavors. Their rotating menu includes interesting flavors like Boozy Cake Batter Sugar, Guava Cheesecake, and Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Chip. They also offer take-and-bake dough and catering for large events, with cookies by the dozen or their Cookie Cart food truck. Learn more and order online.
Florence Pie Bar is a small, rustic cafe on Main Street in Florence, offering a rotating menu of handmade pies, whole or by the slice. A favorite of area locals, their menu includes a variety of sweet and savory pies which can be enjoyed in-store or to go (though any whole pie to-go orders should be placed by noon the day before pick-up). You can also find their pies at a slew of local haunts, from Building 8 Brewery and Artifact Cider Project to Apex Orchards and Mapleline Farm. See the full list here.
A European-style bakery, Berkshire Mountian Bakery is known for its bread and pizza. Their traditional techniques and authentic, wholesome, natural ingredients have made them a local favorite. Most of their fresh bread is naturally leavened with sourdough fermentation and hand-shaped resulting in very digestible and delicious bread products.
In recent years, the bakery has expanded its offerings with spelt and wheat pizza crusts, five varieties of frozen pizza, and a new line of cookies. Owner Richard Bourdon and the Berkshire Mountain Bakery were also recently featured in Cooked, a 4-part Netflix documentary. Watch the series and learn more about the bakery here.
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