A-Frame: An A-1 bakery
"We make it fresh daily," said Sharon Sutter, who owns the bakery with her husband Richard, "And everything goes. Things come out of the oven hot, and bobka gets claimed while it's still cooking on the rack."
The bakery itself is fairly unassuming. The A-Frame building at the bottom of the Taconic Trail that had stood empty for a few years is distinctive, and inside there isn't very much room. A few glass cases display whatever baked goods haven't already been sold and separate the small baking area behind the counter from the much smaller customer area in front of the counter. Sharon Sutter bakes muffins, cookies, and various specialty items including tortes, tarts, rugalah, and bobka.
Sutter attended culinary school, and has two decades of experience in the food industry as a trained chef. She has catered everywhere from Carnegie Hall to Lincoln Hall. The Sutters moved to Williamstown from New York ten years ago and had more kids, now six in all ranging in age from 4 to 15. The four-year-old stands on a stool behind the counter, eagerly pressing business cards upon the customers.
"The kids go to school here," Sutter explained, indicating Williamstown Elementary and Mount Greylock, "So we wanted to gather everyone at the end of the day. We were looking for a house in Williamstown, and the one we fond came with the building. I've always wanted to open a bakery, so it's like things were meant to be."
Richard Sutter, formerly a psychiatrist, also enjoys the bakery.
"This is good therapy," he said, "giving people something for their soul. It's also an opportunity to be with my wife and family rather than working long hours. Sharon does all the baking, but three of the kids are old enough to work here."
The bakery has taken off and quickly become popular with the local crowds. It has also become home base for the entire Sutter family. This is the reason for the large purple concrete blocks in front of the bakery. While the location at the crossing of the Taconic Trail and Route 7 may be great for business, it's not ideal for safety. Many accidents have occurred near the A-frame in the past.
"Accidents happen out front," explained Richard Sutter. "An asphalt truck flipped over, cars come speeding down the Taconic, and one came barreling over the lawn and into the back yard. Our kids play back there, so we wanted to put up concrete blocks to protect them... then we thought the blocks were ugly, so we painted them purple."
The purple blocks match the purple on the A-Frame building itself and the purple of the Williams cap that Sharon Sutter wears as she bakes the day's goods. She often comes in at midnight or 1 a.m. to start the day's baking, she said, baking things fresh all night so the store will be stocked in the morning for the big commuter rush. Not that there seems to be a slow time for the A-Frame Bakery. "Everyone has been very nice, and very comforting," Sutter said. "I enjoy what I do, and people have been very welcoming. Everyone loves. it, and people say they haven't had a bakery of this quality in 40 years."
If you go ...
What: A-Frame Bakery
Where: 1194 Cold Spring Road, where Route 7 crosses Route 2.
When: Hours are Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to noon.
Accessiblity: Narrow doorway.
Information: (or to place a special order), call (413) 458-3600.
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