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Macaron mecca French Made Baking closing down at the end of August

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Lindsay William-Ross Aug 24, 2017 5:06 am 2,465

Soon it will be time to say au revoir to French Made Baking. The Mount Pleasant bakeshop known for their macarons and other baked goodies is closing up their Kingsway cafe on August 31.

With a menu that includes an array of traditional French goodies like croissants, madeleines, brioches, tarts, mousse cakes, and special occasion large cakes, French Made Baking has been a local favourite for the past few years. Customers have also been able to learn the art of macaron-making through their classes.

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But it is just an au revoir, which really means “see you again,” because French Made Baking says in their goodbye blog post that while their shop will close August 31, they will still be at farmers’ markets and offering classes in September, and the owners hint that there could be more to come:

As the business grew, we were faced with a tough decision. Either staying a small family business and doing our best to keep up with growing demand for quality baking or moving on to the next stage and expand the business. Unfortunately, remaining small takes a toll on our family and personal lives. Vancouver is a tough place for small businesses

French Made Baking adds that after the closure, they will “take some time to work on personal projects that were left aside for the past 6 years and think about the future of French Made.”

So go now to get your last bites of their goodies while you can!

Here’s their farewell message in full:

We are sad to announce that French Made Baking will be closing its doors on August 31.

We truly thank each and every one of you who made this adventure possible and enjoyable, our customers and staff and the wonderful Mount Pleasant neighbourhood.

We started French Made from a desire to bake the best French pastries and share our passion for food. What we love above all is meeting our customers, getting to know you and being in the front line in the kitchen and at the counter. As the business grew, we were faced with a tough decision. Either staying a small family business and doing our best to keep up with growing demand for quality baking or moving on to the next stage and expand the business. Unfortunately, remaining small takes a toll on our family and personal lives. Vancouver is a tough place for small businesses. However, developing the business in the other direction made us feel like we were losing that connection with our customers and staff. It wasn’t aligned with what we hold dear.

An opportunity came up and we decided to let French Made as you’ve known it take a break. Both the café and our Atelier kitchen on Kent avenue will close their doors in the next few weeks. We are planning to take some time to work on personal projects that were left aside for the past 6 years and think about the future of French Made.

We have learnt and grown so much on a personal and professional level. We are grateful for every minute of it. We enjoyed being a part of your family events through our pastries, to see your kids grow and feel part of the community.

The café will close its doors on August 31 but you will find us at various farmers’ markets in September. We will still accept some orders for pick up from our Kent Avenue Atelier in September*. Please contact us by email with a few days notice: [email protected] We have also added a few more classes in September.
Please keep following us on social media and check our website to see what we’re up to in the future!

David & Catherine, Co-Owners

* Atelier kitchen: 1589 North East Kent Avenue, Vancouver (east of Knight Street bridge)

French Made Baking

Address: 81 Kingsway, Vancouver
Instagram@frenchmadebaking


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Lindsay William-Ross
Lindsay is a former Daily Hive Food Editor. A fourth generation Vancouverite, she has also lived in Toronto, NYC, and LA.

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