When word got out that Buhrmaster Baking Co. had stopped making product a few weeks ago, loyal shoppers cleaned out the remaining baked goods at Wray’s Superfresh IGA locations in Yakima.
The good news is that Buhrmaster’s closure is temporary.
Owner Larry Burmaster said he decided to close after he was unable to secure an agreement with the landlord who owned the building at 605 E. Nob Hill Blvd., where the bakery has operated for three years.
“It’s hard to contemplate even shutting down for a few months,” he said. “Sometimes the circumstances aren’t right.”
Burmaster said he plans to spend the next several months looking for a new location. Prior to opening the Nob Hill location, Burmaster ran the bakery out of a storefront in Selah and as part of a restaurant at the now-defunct Track 29 Shopping Center in downtown Yakima.
He hopes to open a new location by early April, just in time for the bakery’s peak season. In addition to selling product to local restaurants and retailers, Burmaster also sells bread at farmers markets throughout Central Washington.
Burmaster was confident he would find a new location. But he couldn’t help making a joke: “The most questionable thing is I might like not working,” he quipped.
Two local eateries recently opened new locations.
Sip on 1st opened earlier this month at 615 S. First St. This is a sister location to Sip on Summit, an espresso stand owned by Yarithza Aguilar at 1502 Summitview Ave.
Aguilar opened Sip on Summit in April 2017 and business grew so fast, she was able to buy out her business partner and become the sole owner within seven months.
Over in West Valley, La Michoacana Ice Cream opened at the West Valley Commons shopping center at 6411 W. Nob Hill Blvd. This is the third location for owner Josie Ortiz. She also operates La Michoacana locations at 907 S. First St. and 1112 E. Nob Hill Boulevard.
Readers of the Daily Sun News, the newspaper in Sunnyside, will have to change their routine a bit. Eagle Newspapers sold the newspaper to Andy McNab, who had been the paper’s interim publisher, the newspaper announced in a recent story.
McNab, who formerly owned and published papers in Goldendale and Grangeville, Idaho, plans to relaunch the newspaper as a weekly Wednesday called the Sunnyside Sun. A website that will publish updates five days a week will also launch at this time.
The last edition of the Daily Sun News was published Thursday, ending a tenure that lasted 32 years. The Daily Sun News was formed in 1986 out of a merger of two papers, the Sunnyside Sun and the Daily News. The Daily Sun News reduced publication to three days a week earlier this year.