New bakery prepares to open in downtown Lock Haven
LOCK HAVEN — It’s the talk of the town.
City residents and other members of the Clinton County community have been watching with anticipation as the building which previously housed Inspirations Floral is being transformed into a bakery — something that hasn’t been seen in downtown Lock Haven for years.
Simone’s Bakery is anticipated to open around the first week of November, according to owner and baker Valerie Simone.
“I want it to be the stereotypical, quintessential small town bakery,” Valerie said.
Valerie and her husband Kenny — originally from the Philadelphia area — moved to the city from Wisconsin in the spring of this year. Just a few months later they began renovating the space at 24 E. Main St. in preparation for a November opening. From a new coat of paint both inside and outside to the construction of a new check out counter space which will feature display boxes for baked goods, the couple has been hard at work each day.
“We saw a need and an opportunity,” Valerie said about why they decided to open the bakery.
The couple will be bringing their skills and knowledge from a previous business venture when they ran a restaurant and bakery years prior.
Simone’s Bakery will feature a variety of classic baked goods and offer beverages like coffee, hot chocolate and tea.
“Our offerings will change daily,” Valerie said. She noted that the items will change in part as she learns what residents seem to like and dislike.
Not only will customers be able to pick up sweet treats, they’ll also be able to enjoy them in a dining space. A few tables and chairs have been placed in the adjoining room to the check out counter and kitchen and provides a place for people to sit down and enjoy a delicious baked good and cup of coffee.
Although preparations are still underway, including installation of equipment and cleaning up the space, the Simones anticipate opening around the first week of November.
With November less than two weeks away, people may not have to wait too much longer to enjoy a homemade sweet treat in downtown Lock Haven.