I have been waiting (impatiently I might add) for the opening of Bloom Bakery downtown. I have a wicked sweet tooth, so I’m always tracking down the next treat to satisfy my cravings. I was intrigued by the idea of a bakery opening up next door to a Starbucks, but after visiting I realize that they are so drastically different you can’t even compare the two.
If you’re not familiar with Bloom Bakery’s overarching mission, they’re a business with heart. All breads, pastries and meals are prepared by staff members on a pathway out of poverty. Bloom works with Towards Employment, a non-profit organization that has helped low-income and disadvantaged adults to prepare for, get and keep jobs.
“Creating jobs is our secret ingredient.” – Bloom Bakery
I LOVE the overall look and feel of Bloom. They have a surprisingly spacious lounge area that includes tables, couches and a gas fireplace. It’s definitely a place that I could see myself hanging out for an afternoon blogging or working on a project. The food was super fresh and looked great. I must admit that I didn’t sample any bakery on my first visit, but instead ordered the tuna salad ($7.95) on fresh baked wheat bread. All of the employees were all very sweet and genuine and seemed to be working hard to please. Did I mention that I love their logo?
As with any new business, there are still a few kinks to be worked out. There seemed to be a few too many “cooks in the kitchen” behind the bakery counter and their process for taking orders seemed a bit backwards. Despite any minor glitches, the staff thanked us for our patience. I’m confident that once they’ve been up and running for a few weeks, those few issues will work themselves out.
Have you visited Bloom Bakery yet? If so, what do you think? Is there another bakery that Clevelanders need to be adding to their list of must-visit?