November 1, 2010

Eating Out: Bon Ton Bakery

Goodies from Bon Ton Bakery

The ever popular Groupon featured Bon Ton Bakery (you must visit their website - it's phenomenal) a short while ago and my friend bought the deal. And then, she surprised me one morning with it. (I have wonderful friends!). She said when she saw it, she immediately thought of me. Me, having the food blog, always talking about food, photographing food, entertaining... I wonder what tipped her off :)

I have never been to Bon Ton Bakery before but eagerly made the jaunt out to it. I had heard great things about the place and also heard that they expanded/renovated a short while ago. I brought my son with me to pick out some goodies and when we walked in, I swear I heard angels singing. The store is grand in size and immaculate. My little guy gasped and immediately glued himself to the glass cases chockful of the most scrumptious-looking pastries, cookies and cakes. It was a beautiful sight.

We were immediately greeted and I have to say, I have never ever had service like that before. I absolutely hate when you go to places of business and the people at the counter almost completely ignore you or are more interested in yapping to each other instead of giving the customer their full attention. H.A.T.E. I.T. Bon Ton's service was nothing like that. It was really top-notch. Top-notch.

Their goods are all baked fresh and in-store everyday. If you have any questions of what ingredients are in any loaf, cookie or bake, they are able to answer it. They also sell other gourmet products (chocolates and jams, etc). I saw some small packaged cookies, with pretty ribbons, that would be perfect as gifts for my children's teachers.

I spoke with one of the owner's, Hilton, "like the hotel", as he informed me, and I had a wonderful back-and-forth banter with him. He is delightfully funny and genuine. I had asked him if I could come by and take pictures of the store for my blog, (which he graciously agreed) but I've decided against it. I think you must go there in person and see it for yourself. You must. Beautiful store, top-notch service and delicious goods. Do it. It's worth it. Trust me.


cookingislove said...

I love your blog, because you always keep things light and positive. I bet your mother also told you that" if you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all".
I'm checking out Bon Ton tomorrow :)

Maki said...

Thanks :) And you are correct.

If I really liked a place, I gush glowing reviews. If it was good but not bad, not as much gushing but still overall a good recommendation.

And it's true, there has been a few places that don't knock my socks off but I usually just don't write about the place. Though, there are times when I write not-so-nice things, but it's usually factual examples - look here

Have fun at Bon Ton!!! Let me know how it turns out!

A Canadian Foodie said...

I thought I 'd be the FIRST comment because I just now received your notification. Great review. It has been around forever and really is a lovely bakery. I completely agree. I usually do my own baking, as you do, so I rarely go... but, I love to - just to ogle!
Do you give photography lessons?
I am very interested! Yes. Food photography. I need to learn how to use my camera.

kristin @ delishliving said...

Oh goodness. I am new to your blog (thanks to the Edmonoton links on Val's blog - right above me there!) - I LOVE it. I agree with Val - do you offer photography lessons? Your work is beautiful, and I love your style of writing.

I have never checked out this bakery but I simply must. It sounds wonderful. Thanks for highlighting a great local business!

Maki said...

Not doing any photography lessons. Yet. Sorry. You two are funny.

Nice to "meet" you kristin! Welcome!

cookbookcooks said...

I have never been. You are right the website is great and it certainly makes me want to go visit. Maybe this weekend!

Maki said...


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