Don't be too quick on the trigger finger mods as the baker of "Cake Boss" fame is becoming a chain and the latest one just opened in our town.
I lived in Jersey City just 5 minutes away from "City Hall Bakery" for 10 years and got to know their wares only too well and it was a good bakery, not a great one but good and all was well. I used to go in there for a sheet of one of the best crumb cakes I've ever eaten. It was a 1/4 sheet or 1/2 of a 1/2 sheet pan in size and was $4.00. I know this goes back a long way but I just bought one yesterday to bring to some friends and a sheet slightly smaller than the one I used to buy is now $11.00. Again, this is GREAT crumb cake, but it is crumb cake and $11.00 seems unreasonable.
On another note, we have 2 other bakers in our small town, one a local
Italian establishment which will probably suffer for a while but when push comes to shove and people figure out the difference in quality and price will do fine, the other on outpost of "Crumbs" which after tasting I've never understood their appeal. I can't believe there's enough business in a small town for all three of them so hopefully the "mom and pop" baker makes it.
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