Crust Opens in Fenton

New bakery serves up bread, pastries.

It might be worth a trip just for the smell.

The owners of The French Laundry opened a new bakery, , at 7 a.m. Wednesday. A steady stream of customers visited in the morning and afternoon.

"Today is a big day for us," co-owner Chad Brennan said. "We are very pleased with the way things have started out."

The business specializes in artisan breads and pastries.

Judi Baum, of Fenton, wasted no time in sampling the goods.

"It was delicious," she said of her toast with brie, carmelized onions and apples.

After spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on bread each year, the bakery will provide for However, owners want the business to be able to stand on its own.

Customers will be able to purchase goods for take-out only and owners will eventually look at selling breads commercially.

"People said, 'you opened so quick,'" said co-owner Mark Hamel. "But this has been a long time in the making."

Crust is located at 104 West Caroline Street and will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.

Jason Alexander (Editor) February 01, 2012 at 09:24 PM
What do you think of Crust?
Becky Joe February 01, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Looks YUMMY!!!!!
Joelle Blackburn February 02, 2012 at 12:29 AM
It is a sad day for Fenton! I thought as many of us Fenton citizens did, come Feb. 1st. we will have a home town bakery. Well we do! It's a place where you can go and buy a HALF a loaf of white bread for $4.25 or a cake pop for $2.00 (by the way the cake pop is the size of a timbit on a stick)!!!! WHAT A JOKE! I cut my HALF loaf of bread into 12 thin slices.....that wont last a day in my house. So my dream of stopping by the home town bakery every other day to pick up some fresh bread is GONE. Back to baking my own bread again and way to go FENTON on a job well done. That is what I think about CRUST.
Lenny Haise February 02, 2012 at 04:39 AM
The main ingredients in bread are flour.water and yeast. It must be the price of water in Fenton that makes a half loaf worth $4.25.
C. E. February 03, 2012 at 08:37 PM
The bread is quite good, but nothing out beyond what you would find at any other reputable bakery. It really is a shame that the owners feel the need to charge about 25 percent above market comparison. Wasn't the primary reason for the bakery to slowly wean Zingerman's $500,000 a year imports from the Laundry? I find it ironic that they charge more than Zingerman's products that used to frequent the shelves of the Laundry. Here's to the hope that a "real" bakery like those found all over Europe will arrive with realistic prices. I'd rather pay for a 50 cent roll than one that costs two dollars. Oh well, at least the building isn't vacant.
Linda February 04, 2012 at 01:03 AM
The reason the bread is so pricey must be for the same reason that the Laundry eliminated sandwiches after 4 p.m. They appear to want what many of us would call a "snooty" reputation. Thank you Joelle and C.E. for saving me a wasted trip.
John McKay (Editor) February 06, 2012 at 10:48 PM
The prices at Crust seem about on par with what they have at Boule Artisan Bakery in Plymouth, where I now live. I paid $4 for a half-loaf last week. The person at the bakery explained what makes the bread there (and at Zingerman's, et al) so special, and it's all in the process, which eliminates artificial chemicals and does it the natural way. I found this resource that tells more about the difference: http://www.artisanbakers.com/about_bread.html That said, I was very disappointed that sandwiches were taken off the French Laundy dinner menu. There literally isn't a single food item on the dinner menu that I would order (picky eater) and the costs are pretty prohibitive compared to the already not-bargain lunches. But the bread at Crust looks price-wise to be about on par with other true artisan bakeries and much cheaper than many local farmers markets.
C Booza March 05, 2012 at 09:36 PM
thank you for the information on the bakery prices....we were interested in making a trip and supporting our local baker, but what a gallon of gas is the same price for a half of a loaf of bread....we will save the trip for a better local merchant.
blt May 07, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Get over it people. This is a great bakery with wonderful breads, pastries, cookies and more. If you want cheap, go to Tim Hortons where the baked goods are brought in frozen and all they do is thaw them out!


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