Mention the name, Otter Creek Bakery, and the response will be accolades and smiles every time. This iconic downtown Middlebury hub is a pillar of the community. Its reputation is stellar and its role well cemented in the minds of all who have lived in Middlebury over the past thirty years. Everyone, from the college community to the local community, all the way down to school kids who enjoy credit privileges for after school treats, frequents the bakery on a regular basis. On the main thoroughfare in the heart of downtown Middlebury, this little bakery is hard to top!
Hand crafted products with local ingredients provide a food emporium, from lattes to pate! The bakery is always hopping, serving up deliciousness from early morning til the end of the day, seven days per week, catering to the breakfast, lunch, and afternoon espresso crowd. The open kitchen invites social interaction and mutual affection between those in front and behind multiple display cases. This business has won its way into the hearts of all who know it.
Behind the scenes are Ben and Sarah Wood who have owned the Bakery for three decades. They can’t say enough about the loyalty of their customers and staff. This is what makes this place special. There is love all round- in the products freshly made daily, the customers, and the staff, many of whom have been working at the bakery for years. A new owner can expect to build on this incredible foundation but be confident that there is plenty of growth potential and flexibility to put their own stamp on this business.
Sarah and Ben chose the location for its proximity to Middlebury College. It appears that the college students and staff have an endless appetite for the products happily and routinely supplied by the bakery. They are assisted by several staff members who share responsibilities for baking, cooking, and working the busy counter.
This husband and wife team are looking for successors. The right buyers are imperative to current owners as the importance of keeping this institution alive as a community hub for the loyal clientele from far and wide as well as the dedicated backbone staff. They will stay on board to help train as needed. Perfect opportunity for Chefs with young family as the early hours let you come home for dinner!
The bakery’s business has grown year on year over the past ten years, even through the recession, and the Woods see no reason for this to change. The offering is truly turnkey. From the Furniture, fixtures, and equipment to the staff to the ongoing profitable business, this business is positioned for the next owner to succeed.
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