New Springfield bakery opens and looks for a permanent home

A Springfield bakery has opened a in temporary location on Fountain Avenue this month, but its owners are looking for a permanent home downtown.

Le Torte Dolci opened its doors last week at 36C N. Fountain Ave., selling fresh-baked bread along with homemade English muffins, whoopie pies and cream horns. The store will be open through December, when another tenant is scheduled to rent the space.

In the meantime, the temporary location will offer a month to attract new customers and look for a permanent home downtown, said Lisa Freeman, who owns the business with her husband Dan.

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“This is an amazing test market for me,” Freeman said of the temporary location. “Not too many people can get their feet wet in a business temporarily.”

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The business started in her home, but as friends and family members increasingly asked for the cakes and pastries she made, Lisa Freeman decided it was time to begin selling to the public.

“This is just one of those things where enough people ask for it, and you decide this is something you ought to be doing,” Freeman said.

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The couple had sold items throughout the summer at the Springfield Farmer’s market, and it’s possible they could move into a proposed permanent market downtown if that site becomes a reality. But either way, they said they plan to remain downtown. It’s the couple’s first retail business.

“That’s really the concept of this bakery is that it has to be downtown,” Dan Freeman said. “You can put a bakery out on North Bechtle Avenue, but downtown has that unique feel to it.”

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Lisa Freeman said her favorite things to bake are the items she finds most challenging. She said she prefers to use traditional ingredients to make items like puff pastries and croissants.

“The harder things are to bake, the more I like to tackle it,” Lisa Freeman said.

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Business hours:

Thursday and Friday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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