Fred Shandler fired up the ovens at The Bread Stand at 419 Boyden Avenue (corner of Jacoby Street) in Maplewood last week. But already food and coffee lovers are beating a path to this new bakery and coffee shop.
The doors opened for the first time to customers at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, February 12 and within a few hours the news had gone viral on Facebook via SOMA Lounge. By Wednesday afternoon, business was brisk with locals dropping in, including a few firetruck loads of Maplewood’s Bravest.
Shandler, who has built a regional attraction out of Arturo’s Osteria and Pizzeria in Maplewood Village, said Mayor Vic DeLuca had been a tremendous champion and that the Township’s building department had been enormously helpful throughout the process. Ashley Santana, who has honed her skills at Arturo’s, is managing The Bread Stand.
For now, The Bread Stand is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, but expect hours to expand soon (i.e., look for an earlier opening for those in need of a morning coffee before dashing off to the GSP). Offerings include fresh baked breads and pastries, plus coffee and tea. Visit The Bread Stand’s Facebook page for updates.
Note: The decor, like everything about The Bread Stand, is beautiful and bold. Check out the mural on the parking lot wall by artist Rubin Sanchez (aka Zoonchez).