Baker Laura Farina spent quality time behind the mixer at Nuvrei Bakery in The Pearl before setting out on her own to focus on a wholesale business making wedding cakes and French macarons from the KitchenCru prep-space. She quickly became a fan favorite, earning raves for her seasonal selection of macarons, which were sold at coffee shops around town.
But now Farina is opening a bakeshop of her own, where she can interact with customers and give them a warm place to linger over morning treats and coffee.
Farina Bakery has taken over the space near Ladd's Addition formerly home to Sel Gris and Otto. They're still putting the finishing touches on the space, including painting a giant mural of aprons patterned after those worn in her family. Aprons are a big thing for Farina; staffer Jessi Manley hand-crafted the eclectic apron collection worn by the entire crew, and she'll be selling them at the bakery, too.
But Farina says everything else is dialed in, including the menu. Expect a fair amount of homey treats, including both banana and blueberry muffins; pumpkin sticky buns; orange-cranberry scones and cheddar-chive biscuits; seasonal hand pies, tarts and Danishes; cookies; a couple cupcakes; and, of course, macarons. To go with it all, she'll serve coffee from Sterling Roasters, one of her original wholesale accounts.
Her opening date is auspiciously timed. Farina writes: "The Grand Opening to the public will be November 6th, which marks my 5th-year anniversary of landing in Portland -- hooray!"
Farina Bakery: 1852 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, 971-340-9734
Hours: Daily 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.