Sweet Retreat Bakery in Manchester
After reading about this in the Hippo my wife went by and picked up a raspberry turnover, lobster tail and a vanilla cupcake. The Raspberry turnover with creme was one of the best pastries I've ever had and the lobster tail was very good. I didn't try the cupcake but my wife, who bought one with our daughter a few days ago at a well known bakery in the area for $5, said this one from Sweet Retreat was far better, in fact the best she's had in the area and only cost $2.
Sweet Retreat is located on Dow St between Canal and Elm.
My initial experience was bad. I saw online that they had bagels and muffins and cookies, so I went in (I work nearby). Always on the lookout for a good bagel, and a good oatmeal raisin cookie. Online they list bagels as $0.95, cookies as $1.75. In reality, the bagels were $2 each.
The only bagels I could see were on top of the counter in a basket, plain and asiago. They also had oatmeal raisin cookies in the display. The cookie had great texture, but was actually nearly flavorless, so I won't get one of those again.
The bagels, as I found out when I rang up, were $2.00, not the $0.95 on the website, and mine tasted old. It certainly wasn't baked that day, and I'd venture to say it wasn't baked the previous day either - tasted more like 2 or 3 days old. That's the highest price I've seen for a bagel, so I'd expect it to be fresh, particularly in a bakery of all places.
I have to say that the muffins looked good, but I wasn't there to buy muffins, and the two products I did buy disappointed, particularly the bagels. Overpriced and mediocre. Further, I emailed their "contact" page, and gave it a couple of days before I posted, but no response. I won't be in a hurry to give them more business. I might try a muffin at some point, but I wouldn't ever buy a bagel again, not at those prices.