3 traditional bakeries to visit in Dayton

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3 traditional bakeries to visit in Dayton

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Amelia Robinson
Soon you'll be able to send Smales soft pretzels anywhere in the country. Photo by Amelia Robinson

The craft of baking is nothing new, and it remains just as relevant as ever. Thankfully, there are a few places that have been around for decades -- giving them time to hone and perfect their craft.

Here are some old-school bakeries to try in Dayton.

Smales Pretzels
210 Xenia Ave., Dayton
Open 6:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Saturday
This family-run pretzel bakery, now in its fourth generation, still uses a revolving stone oven and century-old technique. The bakery's origins began with German-born Rudie Schaaf, who opened Gem City Pretzel on Warren Street in 1906. His daughter Emma moved it to its current location in 1926. Pretzels are the only product, and come in a few variations -- hard or soft, very salty to light salt. Cash only.

K & R Pretzel Bakery
1700 Flesher Ave., Dayton
Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday
In addition to their old-fashioned pretzels (and prices), K & R sells a selection of retro candy, such as Boston Baked Beans. Cash only.

Evans Original Bakery
700 Troy St., Dayton
Open 6 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Saturday
Located in Old North Dayton, this bakery operated on and off from 1969 to 2011. In 2012, Jennifer Evans, daughter of longtime owner Bill Evans, brought it back to life. The bakery specializes in doughnuts, cakes, custom-made pies, bread, cookies and pastries, and they will take custom orders for pick-up.

Find out more about these bakeries from our news partner Dayton Daily News.

Did we miss one? Tell us which bakery you'd add to the list in the comments or via email: contact@dayton.com

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