‘Come hungry’: The Baking Bar hosting grand opening on June 1

Do you have a hankering for a challah bread? Or maybe your heart desires some rogalach or babka?

If so, then Bar Kirshon has something baking for you.

Kirshon is bringing The Baking Bar to 95 Jarvis Street on June 1, 2024. Originally from Israel, she currently lives with her wife, 10-month-old baby, and two dogs in Welland.

A self-taught baker, Kirshon grew up in the kitchen, with her mother working as a pastry chef and her father having been a chef as well.

“Naturally, my life has always been in and around the kitchen,” she said.

“I started really getting into baking in my early 20s when I made and sold macarons. Then I started to feed my neighbours, which in time grew into going to the farmers’ market here in Welland and selling from there.”

Her new home on Jarvis Street will be her first brick-and-mortar location. At the moment, she is making everything from home, a process she calls “wonderful but a bit messy.”

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Kirshon said she operates differently from other bakeries.

“I love making things from my Jewish heritage but I am more known for being a tell-me-what-you’re-craving-and-I’ll-bake-it kind of baker,” she said.

“For example, I have a customer who was dying to get some German type of buns they don’t sell anywhere here, so I started baking them for him. I have another customer originally from South Africa, and whenever she misses home I bake her something that makes her happy.”

Also on the menu are French macarons, sourdough bread, and blondies. The best seller is the rogalach which she jokes is “truly addictive.”

Kirshon admitted that she didn’t initially think of Fort Erie to set up shop. She lives in Welland and her business partner lives in Fonthill.

“We shared a dream of opening a little shop, and the partnership was super natural between us,” she said.

“Then we started to look for places all around Niagara, and I pretty much made up my mind on opening on June 1st no matter what but that meant being open-minded about where, which is how we ended up checking out the space in Fort Erie.”

She added that the goal is also for The Baking Bar to be a hub for the local community and bakers across Niagara.

“We plan on hosting other bakers from the area, special to-go brunches on weekends with guest cooks, and have locally made products available at the shop, too. We want to help the small business community grow and get exposure to more people whenever and however we can.”

Kirshon said she is nervous, scared and excited to be opening, but advises everyone who attends the grand opening on June 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., to “come hungry.”

There will be lavender lemonade, fresh baked goods, music and good vibes, she added.

The Baking Bar plans to be open daily from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., but those hours may be subject to change.

For a preview of what The Baking Bar has to offer, Kirshon is at the Welland Farmers’ Market every Saturday morning.

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