Bloom Bake Shop in Middleton is opening a second location, this one on Monroe Street.
The bakery and cafe will be going into the space recently vacated by Pasqual's at 1851 Monroe St.
The original, nearly 7-year-old location at 1834 Parmenter St., will stay just as it is, said owner Annemarie Maitri.
Maitri is working with architects to turn the former cantina into a bakery, and is hoping to open as early as January.
The new location will be a full-service bakery like in Middleton, where everything is baked fresh every day, but with more room. The tiny Middleton bakery has bar seating and some outdoor seating, but the new location will have space where more customers can sit, including community seating.
Bloom has been doing breakfast sandwiches for the past couple years: Buttermilk biscuits with bacon, egg and cheese. There is also a vegan, gluten-free version. The Monroe Street shop will be expanding those savory offerings with biscuits and gravy and lunch-style sandwiches that showcase Bloom's same buttermilk biscuits.
"Part of what Bloom is is working with our local farmers," said Maitri, who spends $11,000 each year just on butter from Murphy Farms, just outside Solders Grove.
Maitri expects to double the amount she spends on butter, and is hoping to showcase the farmers and purveyors she works with even more by doing farm-to-table events. The new location will be open on Sundays, where the Middleton one isn't. Maitri also plans to offer classes.
Maitri lives in the Dudgeon-Monroe neighborhood with her three kids going to Randall Elementary, Hamilton Middle School and West High School. What she likes about the new location is that her kids can drop by after school. "I love Middleton, but the idea of being close to home is really exciting."
She was sitting in the window of the shop with her architect Tuesday when her son walked by stunned. "It just made my heart full," she said.
Maitri is also looking forward to having more baking space. Weddings are a big part of her business and the Monroe Street location will give her more room for production.