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.

MORE: Urbana’s Jordan optimistic tax reform will move forward

“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.”

RELATED: Clark, Champaign County stores get in on Small Business Saturday

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.

MORE BUSINESS NEWS: 4 Honda vehicles named most in demand

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.”

RELATED: What’s next for downtown Springfield? Nonprofit weighs options

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.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in News

Shoes 4 the Shoeless takes needed supplies to NC hurricane victims
Shoes 4 the Shoeless takes needed supplies to NC hurricane victims

Shoes 4 the Shoeless (S4TS) will be taking over 1,000 pairs of shoes, socks, and other needed supplies to children and their families in need due to Hurricane Florence, according to a release. The goal is to fill three 26-foot trucks with needed items to take to the residents of Pollacksville, North Carolina. Items can be donated on Sept. 27 from 8...
Dozens of tips pour in on missing North Carolina boy with special needs 
Dozens of tips pour in on missing North Carolina boy with special needs 

The search for a 6-year-old North Carolina boy who vanished from a Gastonia park continued for a third day on Monday as authorities sifted through dozens of tips that have poured in. Maddox Ritch was last seen at Rankin Lake Park on Saturday with his father and a friend. Officials said they've received 80 leads as of Monday afternoon, and they're looking...
Brett Kavanaugh denies sexual assault allegations in TV interview: ‘I never did any such thing’
Brett Kavanaugh denies sexual assault allegations in TV interview: ‘I never did any such thing’

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh used an interview on Fox News Monday night to defend himself against allegations of sexual misconduct ahead of a planned hearing on the matter by the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday morning. >> Read more trending news  Kavanaugh, who was seen as a shoo-in for the high court when President Donald...
State health dept., CDC urge early flu shots
State health dept., CDC urge early flu shots

Flu season is approaching, and early vaccinations are urged and recommended.  The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is recommending all Ohioans six months and older to get earlier flu shots, according to a release. The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging people to get vaccinations by the end of October. Flu activity increases...
Some will get complimentary entries for 2019 & 2020 Air Force Marathons
Some will get complimentary entries for 2019 & 2020 Air Force Marathons

An estimated 500 participants in this year's Air Force Marathon who couldn't finish the race because of the heat will be offered a complimentary entry into either the 2019 or 2020 event, race Director Brandon Hough said in an email to participants Monday. The offer does not apply to participants who dropped out of the event, Hough said in the email...
More Stories