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just found a bakery in Sarasota to die for !!!!!!!

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Small Batch Bakery
2336 Gulf Gate Drive
owned by "James"
formally the baker with Michaels on East....
His products are insane and all made from scratch.....
I just had a blueberry muffin and a brownie.....
I need more. I need to go back and get more....
Everything is made daily and exceptional.
Give it a try--
Irwin

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  1. Do they serve coffee or have a place to sit or is it more of a place to take stuff out?
    JeremyEG
    HomeCookLocavore.com

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    1. re: JeremyEG

      Not sure about serving coffee, but he does have a few tables and chairs.

    2. You do need more! You also need to take some pics and show us what he's got in there when you go back :)

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      1. I stopped in today. If the guy makes it I will be surprised. Not very well organized. I did buy a loaf of bread, and it was very good.

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        1. re: Mother of four

          What kind of bread did you get? Looking for a good place for bread. I'll check it out soon!
          JeremyEG
          HomeCookLocavore.com

          1. re: JeremyEG

            The owner seems to have a mind of his own. He bakes one bread a day, but you never know what day he is going to bake what. Instead of giving you a list of what days he bakes what, he tells me he bakes what ever he's in the mood to bake. If he continues like this I am afraid the bakery will be short lived.
            It amazes me how some people go into a business without any knowlege of how to run a business. Plus he was on the phone the whole time I was there, even when he was talking to me. As you can sense this was not a wonderful experience.

            1. re: Mother of four

              the talking on the phone,not so good. chef's choice bread, for me no problem.

              1. re: magiesmom

                Not a problem for me either. Phone maybe not so nice. If he's really making something inspired each day, I'll take it over blah baked goods at a bakery with a printed menu.
                JeremyEG
                HomeCookLocavore.com

                1. re: JeremyEG

                  Well, I'm just curious how long the bakery will be in business.

                  1. re: Mother of four

                    Something tells me that he may have developed a large wholesale business of delivering deserts to restaurants, and this will carry him, because his retail business is not enough to carry the expense. He might also deliver bread to restaurants, and that is why he is on the phone taking orders for the next day.

                    1. re: irwin

                      Still not a wonderful way to run a business. I was in there at about 3PM, and he was loaded with loaves of bread. Maybe he needs a helper to welcome customers. Also might help to have a web site. I really would happily welcome a good bakery, and being so close it would be doubly welcome. I will try again this week and see how it goes.

                      1. re: irwin

                        How much volume can he do? Seems to be a one man operation.

                        Motherof 4, I too, think he will not make it.

                        1. re: ospreycove

                          When i was there he had a woman helping him and maybe it was his wife.....I am not sure. Also, she might of been delivering when you were there. Its very very new, so he is trying to keep costs down. Not sure it was a smart idea of giving up a good paying job at Michael's to open up his own shop, but he must of had something in mind such as selling to wholesale accounts.

          2. Just checked it out today and man, his asiago bread is good. I have a loaf of semolina as well which I will probably put out at a party tonight. No phone problems. He was present and welcomed each customer. I asked about whole grain and he said in the future he will start making it but not until he has been open for a bit. No complaints here. Carrot cake looked good too.
            JeremyEG
            HomeCookLocavore.com

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            1. re: JeremyEG

              Went back today. Thank goodness, no phone. The bread was a sour dough and wonderful. I wish I could figure out a way to generate some business for him. Me buying my one loaf a week somehow won't do it.

              1. re: Mother of four

                Glad to hear you had a better experience.

                1. re: irwin

                  What ever happened to the Chinese restaurant you were going to? Sushi restaurants are the only decent one's that we have found here.

                  1. re: irwin

                    Experience not so good today! Sign inside said closed for maintenance!!! Not a happy camper!

                    1. re: Mother of four

                      Same thing happened to me. The guy was sitting in there, no wave, nothing. The sign said something about new hours coming soon. Maybe next time. There is a Polish bakery down the street and a French one opening up as well. Anyone know anything about these places?

                      1. re: CFishman

                        I'm sorry to say, but I say it again, he is not going to make it. Where is the French bakery opening up? I haven't heard anything, but would love to have a good reliable bakery close by.

                        1. re: Mother of four

                          The French Bakery/Creperie is on Mall Dr. The sign says opening soon.

                          1. re: CFishman

                            Thanks, that must be where the French Affair is. I will give it a try.

                            1. re: CFishman

                              Cfishman, My bread run always is to Mazzaro's, a little bit of a distance, but still the best in the area, way better than anything in Sarasota, sad to say.

                              1. re: ospreycove

                                Mazzaro's is always a good time. It's probably about as far from you as it is from me. Definitely worth the drive. I'll have to keep them in mind when we need bread. My wife is central European so we often end up at Red Square Deli for a nice dark bread they sell.

                                1. re: CFishman

                                  I pass Red Square just about daily--- good to know...

                2. Update! He is open for business, actually had three customers when I was there today. He has a sign that now tells you what day he is making each bread, and he is closed on Sunday. He gave me a taste of the olive and something else bread and it was wonderful. I bought a loaf of sour dough .. great! He has a ledge with a few stools that you could sit at inside and one small table outside. No website, but he said that he is on Facebook. Still needs a website!

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                  1. re: Mother of four

                    I finally made it to Small Batch Bakery, today. I was looking for bread, got there early and the "Bread of the Day" was Ciabatta. I was informed that the breads would be ready in the afternoon, The owner/baker/sales clerk said he does not work during the night but still puts in 12-15 hour days!. He was finishing some freshly made breakfast pastries including muffins, cinnamon rolls, cheese pockets(danish), almond croissants etc.. I bought several to try with my friends. They were all great, no shortening, just real butter and natural flavorings. even though the items I bought were at first look, pricey, ($3.50 each) they were excellent and well worth the price for the quality.
                    I made a note of the "Bread of the day" and now I know to go there in the afternoon on a specific day if I want a certain bread. This guy is a true craft baker making artisianal products. His business needs to grow to the point where he is more than a one man show, in order for the business to survive, and for him to not run himself into the ground. Currently he is closed on Sundays.
                    We will try all of his products in due time...........

                    1. re: ospreycove

                      I too was there today. I bought a loaf of the Ciabatta and also a loaf of the olive bread which he had from yesterday. I am trying to talk him into making a rye bread with seeds, but unfortunately he's not co operating!!!! I don't know if a business like that can survive...he was telling me how huge his electric bill is.