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Bakery In Focus
For over three decades The Nantucket Bake Shop has provided
Nantucket Island with traditional, baked favorites like raspberry
squares, apple turnovers, elegant desserts, tempting cookies,
savory cocktail treats, and pies of all sorts.
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Pastry & Baking North America
By Campbell Ross Walker
Island Baking
Paul John R. Padua
N
antucket is 26 miles at sea, a tiny spit of sand off the
coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, with the Atlantic
Ocean and Nantucket Sound defining its borders.
It is a place, wrote Herman Melville in his classic novel
Moby Dick,” made an utter island by the ocean, that to
the very chairs and tables small clams will sometimes be
found adhering, as if to the backs of sea turtles. But these
extravaganzas only show that Nantucket is no Illinois.”
When you step onto the island, you will immediately feel
as if you have stepped back in time... a time when whaling
ships combed the seas and gas-lit cobble stoned streets invited
you to look further...into charming “Shopping-Specialty-
Retail” shops with one of a kind
merchandise and to welcoming
inns and bed & breakfasts.
Thirty-seven years ago,
Anne and David Bradt, former
summer residents of Nantucket,
decided to retire to the island. As
a way to stay busy and occupied
during their “retirement” they
bought The Nantucket Bake
Shop from the gentleman who
began the business twenty years
before. Now one might have
found them ill-equipped to run
a bake shop, David being an
engineer and Anne a teacher, but
they felt that they could handle
the running of a small, seasonal
business and were ready to
embark on their adventure. With one major addition, bakers,
they knew it would fly.
Enter into the picture, Magee Bradt and Jay Detmer.
College students with the summer off, they came to Nantucket
to plan a fall wedding. The short story is that Jay took on the
task of learning everything about bread baking from Joe, the
former owner, while Magee took over the pastry baking shift.
By Labor Day everyone was confident that the Nantucket Bake
Shop was able to carry on the traditions established for twenty
years. In the fall, when the Bake Shop closed the door for the
season, no one imagined that a lifetime career lay ahead, filled
with growth and development and tradition.