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New bakery's goods selling like hotcakes

The Elm Street Bakery has created an outsized buzz for a place not quite a month old. But that's what happens when you tear apart a former appliance store at 72 Elm St. and give East Aurora a stylish, sophisticated scratch bakery built around a massive wood-burning brick oven.

At Elm Street, customers can pick up a loaf of hearth-baked sourdough bread, an apricot-almond galette made with local fruit, and a crusty baguette in the same place. This is a bakery that roasts its own coffee beans before brewing them up for customers.

Owner Jay DePerno said that the bakery has seen about 400 transactions a day so far, and is coming close to selling out of loaves. "We're close every day," said DePerno. "We're trying to make it so the last person who comes in the door has some bread to go home with."

A loaf of hearth-baked sourdough runs about $4 to $5.50, and there's also naturally leavened rye, grain and fruit breads on offer. Yeast breads like baguettes and batards are $3-$4, DePerno said.

The sweet offerings include items like muffins, scones, cupcakes, cookies, pastries, pecan squares and brownies, DePerno said.

There's more offerings in the works, too. In September, DePerno said, the bakery aims to offer ready-made pizzas and other meals built around locally produced meat, vegetables and fruit.

(Open Tuesday-Friday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.; 652-4720.)


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