Winter Park bakery: New owner, new name, new menu
September 26, 2008
The sun has risen on a new day at Base Camp Bakery, which shines through a new owner, new name and new menu. To celebrate, Rise & Shine Bakery Cafe owner Peter Baldo is hosting a Grand Opening Extravaganza Saturday, complete with contests, prizes and live music for all ages.The struggling cafe caught the eye of Baldo during frequent visits to see his brother, Tony, who owned property in the Three Lakes Area. Peter, who grew up in Goshen, N.Y., had been coming into the bakery for years and hated to see the place go downhill after Ann Artichulo sold it.The local 10-percent discount was no longer available, he said. The portions got smaller and the quality of food and customer service was compromised. He used to tell the waitstaff there that he would someday buy the place, and with five years as successful owner of The Daily Bean cafe in Longmont, he took ownership of the new business on the lucky seventh day of the seventh month this year.Friend Nicole Davis of Nia Design helped remodel the space. Since then, Baldo has worked hard to bring back the locals, especially with his specials and fresh-roasted coffee. The community has been wonderful, Baldo said. Thank you for giving the bakery a chance … and we have had tons of repeat business.The bakerys new name was inspired from mornings growing up with his mom and grandma singing rise and shine to Baldo and his siblings, and he passes along a great way to start the day with a new simplified menu (from New York recipes). All of the classics have remained, Baldo ensures. If its not broken, why fix it? he asks.Saturdays event schedule includes a $4 beer and bagel special at 9 a.m., retro menu, contests and prizes at 11 a.m., and more contests and prizes starting at 3 p.m. Activities include face painting, a Dog Pancake-Eating contest (in which the fastest canine to eat a pancake wins), Waitress Tray Carry (whose hype is already escalating among waitresses throughout the county), three-legged burlap sack race with spoon-egg balance, and Human Bagel.Special guest is Fraser Valley musician Jed Henry, one of the first locals Baldo is proud to have welcomed back regularly, who has invited several friends out to perform with him. Music by high-energy bluegrass band Hunker Down starts at high noon with Henry and special guests (to include Matt Hippie Petey, Mike Michaelif and John Henry) to follow, starting at 2 p.m.Baldo invites the public to come in during the extravaganza or any time to check out the cafes new offerings, promising an experience they wont forget. The Rise & Shine Bakery Cafe is located next to the Conoco station in downtown Winter Park, in the Park Place Plaza. Regular business hours (except Tuesdays) are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. for breakfast and lunch.