‘THE TART WITH HEART’: New Dayton bakery will serve community as well as pastries & coffee

Long-awaited coffee, tea and baked-goods destination to open on East Fifth Street on March 1

The  St. Anne the Tart bakery and coffee shop will serve up a healthy dose of community service alongside its pastries, tarts, coffee and tea when it opens next week in the St. Anne's Hill neighborhood east of downtown Dayton.

Founder Megan Smith said she has set up a non-profit organization through the Dayton Foundation that will be used to channel a portion of St. Anne the Tart's revenues back to the community, particularly the St. Anne's Hill historic district that surrounds the new bakery. The 501-(c)(3) non-profit is called "The Tart With Heart."

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In addition, the bakery also will have a “round-up” program in which customers can donate the change from their order to a non-profit organization that will rotate monthly, Smith said. And she will have a pay-it-forward wall of sorts in which customers can pre-pay for an item off the menu or otherwise donate for a subsequent customer’s benefit.

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The bakery will also bake birthday cakes to give to children in need, the bakery founder said, and a community herb garden will be planted alongside the bakery for neighborhood residents to utilize.

St. Anne the Tart  will open at 7 a.m. March 1 at 1500 E. Fifth St., Smith announced yesterday, Feb. 20.

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The new bakery will serve a variety of baked goods from sweet pastries to lunch-worthy savory tarts, and will offer an array of coffee beverages, tea, granola and yogurt. The new bakery’s hours will be 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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The bakery employs three full-time and one part-time bakers.

The bakery’s building dates to 1878 and once housed the Stockert Saloon, among other businesses. More recently, it housed a violin shop.

A native of Columbus, Smith operated a bakery in Lexington, Ky. prior to moving to Dayton four years ago. She said she chose the St. Anne’s Hill historic neighborhood as a location for her coffee shop based on how vibrant the neighborhood has become.

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Smith had originally planned to open a bakery across the street at 1509 E. Fifth St., but switched gears last year when the building at 1500 E. Fifth became available.

The building has a second floor that will serve as community and meeting space as well as a more quiet seating area.

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