Sometimes a bakery is what makes a home

Favorite Spot: Bredenbeck’s Bakery
Neighborhood: Chestnut Hill
Address: 8126 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118

I Am: A mom, fiancee, government employee and baker
Years in Philly: 26
Current Home: Mt Airy


My Love Note

Dear Bredenbeck’s,

You already know all this because I tell whoever is working behind the counter whenever I come in. Most of the people who work at Bredenbeck’s know me, and my son, and maybe even my fiancée by now. Bredenbeck’s isn’t just a bakery to me, it’s a little haven of sweetness and joy, a warm, friendly happy place that I can goif I’m having a terrible day or to just satisfy my sweet tooth. I don’t drink, caffeine or alcohol, so I don’t have a local bar that I go to, or a coffee house. Instead, I have my sweet sweet Bredenbeck’s. When I knew I was about to spend a week with my in-laws and I knew it was going to be rough, I went to Bredenbeck’s and said, “Ladies. I need a fat girl box.” And you took care of me. When I was in law school and it was beating the crap out of me, I went to Bredenbeck’s and said the same thing. I’ve said it a lot really, “Ladies (and occasionally gentlemen, Neil, Joel) I need a fat girl box.”

It’s hard to say what my favorite item is that you make. I love the miniatures, the little raspberry chocolate cups, mini eclairs and cannolis, and the tiny key lime pies. But I also love the cake pops with chocolate and peanuts. And, of course, the wonderful cuppycakes. Chocolate and peanut butter. I remember when you started putting out the chocolate peanut butter cupcakes and I commented on Facebook that I was so excited. You wrote back, “We know how much you love peanut butter, Avi. This one was for you!” I nearly cried. There are so many times that I’ve come in after something bad or stressful has happened and you always have treats for me. Of course, sometimes I just come in because I want a sweet, and nothing bad has happened at all.

I’ve gotten more than just baked goods and ice cream from you too. For my 24thbirthday, friends got me a decorating class with your head sugar artist, and now my friend, Diana Anello. I’ve always been an avid baker, but Diana took what was to be a one hour class and spent more than three hours teaching me decorating techniques. Kevin and I are getting married in April and of course we’re having our cake tasting in a couple weeks. When I scheduled the appointment, the lady on the phone knew exactly who I was. When Kevin picked up my birthday cake in March, he was pleasantly surprised when the ladies behind the counter asked how our son’s reading was going (he’s six).

Oh, I could go on and on and on…

You are wonderful, Bredenbeck’s, and I love you.




Posted on by Emma Fried-Cassorla in Chestnut Hill 1 Comment

One Response to Sometimes a bakery is what makes a home

  1. Very Hungry Traveller

    What a great appreciation of how a local business can change the feeling of your neighborhood. A favorite memory from when my kids were little is the evening walk to Bredenbeck’s for ice cream cones and a visit to the Jenks Children’s Park. Several times a week in hot weather, and the ice cream cone line out the door was another way to stay in touch with our neighbors!


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