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.