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Three Daughters Baking Co. Opens Beautiful New Bakery

We’d just opened when Erica Leahy of Three Daughters Baking Co. rented our commercial baking kitchen for the first time. It was 2018, and renting a professional kitchen by the hour was just what she needed: a low-risk way to scale her start-up food business. She could vend at local farmers markets while she built a small bakery and cafe inside the General Store Co-op, a shared retail space in Maplewood.

This year, she traded the co-op for a proprietary storefront in a brand-new building in downtown South Orange. Three Daughters Baking Co. opened on Valentine’s Day with a line down the block.

Erica and her husband Chris Leahy, also a chef with decades in the business, run their sparkling new bakery together. They knew it was a big step, but one worth taking. A few months in, they are expanding their menu, attracting new customers, and often close with an empty display case.

While opening a bakery isn’t easy, Erica and Chris bring deep culinary experience. He’s on the savory side and has run professional kitchens for trendy restaurant groups. She’s led high-volume commissary baking and production kitchens. Their new place is much larger than the co-op and holds bigger opportunities.

In the glass display case, Erica’s elevated desserts stand beside Chris’s inventive sandwiches and egg dishes. Diners sit indoors or out, enjoying espresso with a perfect slice of cake or a wedge of seasonal ramp and goat cheese quiche.

We salute Three Daughters Baking Co. and are proud to have played a small part in their success. If you find yourself in South Orange, stop by and see what’s in the case. We’ll see you there!

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