Those shopping at the Downtown Yakima Farmers Market last Sunday saw a familiar face: Larry Burmaster was back with his line of bread, pasta and other baked goods.
When I stopped at his booth, Burmaster knew what I was thinking and let me know that he had found a new place for his bakery, Buhrmaster Baking Co.
Late last year Burmaster closed the bakery after he was unable to work out a new lease agreement at his former location at 605 E. Nob Hill Blvd.
After a search that took several months, Burmaster ended up in Zillah, in a building that is visible from Interstate 82.
Chances are you’re familiar with it: 1002 Vintage Valley Parkway previously housed several businesses, including a casino and a meat market.
Burmaster, in a phone interview, said the turnover of businesses at the building was a bit of a concern, but given his existing customer base, it wasn’t a deal breaker.
Buhrmaster Baking Co. had a robust wholesale business, including a sizable presence at Wray’s Marketfresh IGA. When news of the closing spread, shoppers cleaned out whatever inventory was left at the Wray’s grocery stores.
Many customers have shown much excitement at the bakery’s return, Burmaster said.
“It’s kinda nice,” he said.
While Zillah may seem out of the way for those used to Buhrmaster Baking Co.’s presence in Yakima (and previously, Selah), it’s a more convenient location given his wholesale business and his presence at farmers markets in both the Yakima and Tri-Cities areas.
While Burmaster is ramping up his wholesale business — He estimates he’s at about 60 percent — most product will be found at farmers markets in downtown Yakima, Ellensburg and Richland. Burmaster may add additional markets as he hires additional staff.
There will be Buhrmaster Baking Co. products at Wray’s eventually, but again that will take time, Burmaster said.
Customers can also stop by the bakery and purchase product if he’s there, but it will likely be August before the bakery starts keeping a consistent retail presence.
“We’re not keeping set hours,” Burmaster said. “We’re producing (product) and delivering them. We’re in and out. (But) I wouldn’t discourage anyone from stopping by.”
In case you missed it
The Newsroom Coffee and Gelato location at the Westpark shopping center on 40th and Summitview avenues recently closed after nearly two years of business. The shop had been closed for several days when it officially confirmed its closure in a Facebook post late last month.
The Newsroom Coffee and Gelato location at the Chalet Place shopping center at 56th and Summitview avenues remains open. While the two locations were both under the Newsroom brand, they were operated by different owners.
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