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BAKED opens in Shelburne Falls

  • Baker/owner Gretchen Gerstner with a tray of focaccia rolls served at BAKED on Deerfield Avenue in Shelburne Falls. Recorder staff/Diane Broncaccio

  • Gretchen Gerstner with a pan of fresh-baked rolls, a cake and a “Potholes” chocolate cheesecake at her new business, BAKED, in Shelburne Falls. Recorder staff/Diane Broncaccio

  • Some cookies available for purchase at BAKED in Shelburne Falls. Recorder staff/Diane Broncaccio—



Recorder Staff
Thursday, June 01, 2017

SHELBURNE FALLS — Locals who’ve waited several months to see an old glass-blowing studio near the Glacial Potholes converted into a bakery/restaurant need wait no longer.

BAKED is here, and so are the scones, chocolate cream pies, and hot cinnamon buns drizzled with glaze. 

Baker/owner Gretchen Gerstner has been planning this bakery and restaurant for at least a year and as soon as the plumbing, electrical, health and building inspections were all completed last Saturday afternoon, she started baking.

This week was a “soft opening” for the 4 Deerfield Ave. restaurant and bakery, and the business is open from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Full operations begin on Monday, June 5, when the restaurant/bakery is open seven days a week, from 6:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. 

“We’ll be doing breakfasts, lunch and dinners,” said Gerstner, a professional wedding cake baker who will also make wedding cakes, graduation, birthday and other specialty cakes for customers.

A shop that specialized in cream puffs on Deerfield Avenue has gone, but cream puff sales at BAKED have been going strong. “I’ve made them three times this week,” said Gerstner. 

Among the baked goods this week were: homemade breads, key lime pie, chocolate chip peanut butter cookies and macaroons the size of muffins. There was focaccia rounds topped with cheese, mushrooms and tomato. The all-day breakfasts are to include frittatas, omelets, hash and eggs. For lunch and dinner there will be sandwiches on homemade breads, burgers with fries, chicken and sausage sandwiches and Reubens.

Beer and wine is also available.

Gerstner began baking as a child and by age 15 was running her own cake-making business. About 14 years later, she opened her first bakery and restaurant.

Gerstner said everything served, from the soups to granola to breads and English muffins, are made in-house. There will be gluten-free and dairy-free options as well.

For more information about BAKED, call 413-489-3139.