Rotterdam – A young French-inspired bakery is moving from Curry Road to the Upper Union Street neighborhood in Schenectady.
Owner/baker Brie Larson said her whiskey business would have more space inside the bakery and be more visible outside when it reopened in 1671 Union St.
“It’s more central, it’s almost twice the size and it’s right on Union Street,” she said.
The current shop at 1051 Curry Road will close at the end of January, Larson said Tuesday, and it will take a few weeks to move the baking equipment, set it back, stock up on supplies and schedule a health department inspection.
“I’m looking forward to opening by Valentine’s Day,” she said.
Larsen has been fond of baking since childhood. In young adulthood, he studied the arts and sciences at the SUNY Schenectady County Community College Culinary Program and the Culinary Institute of America.
One of his first jobs was as executive pastry chef at TC Paris Bakery in Saratoga Springs, which counted among its specialties – filled-cookie treats that can be made in a wide range of flavor and color combinations.
At age 30, she opened her own bakery at 1051 Curry Road, a two-man operation with her father, Bruce Larson.
The focus is French desserts, especially macarons. “They are still what we are known for and our specialty,” she said.
Opening day was February 8, 2020 – nearly five weeks less than closing for many businesses in New York amid the growing pandemic.
Times were rough, but the whiskey business survived and did so well that it was ready to expand as soon as its second birthday approached.
“We stayed as small as we could,” Larson said. “It’s just my dad and I who run the bakery,” so there wasn’t a huge workforce to keep safe and pay.
Relentless social media activity and events with businesses like Wolf Hollow Brewing built the business, but there was also some good fortune in difficult times.
“We are definitely very lucky,” Larsen said. “I work very hard for this but we are also lucky.”
The new location on Union Street was home to Mr Wasabi Asian Bistro before it moved to a larger location nearby.
Larsson will open up with what she’s done — French macarons and non-French goodies such as cupcakes and whites.
She promised some new items would arrive in the spring but withheld details to preserve the surprise.
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