Lisa Freeman said she started the Le Torte Dolci in her home but the couple has been looking for a permanent location as the business has grown. They opened a pop-up store downtown late last year for a few weeks and said the bakery sold out most days.
Le Torte dolci is opening a temporary location in downtown Springfield, but is looking for a permanent home downtown. Bill Lackey/Staff
Once they learned a permanent space was available, they had signed a lease by February. The family wanted to model the bakery on similar small businesses they saw while on vacation in Europe. Vacation photos of some of their past trips line a back wall of the bakery.
Dan Freeman said he’s expecting a steady crowd for the first day.
“We’ve been pretty active on social media and we’ve got a lot of loyal followers,” he said.
Whenever possible, the bakery will use local ingrediants in their products. Lisa Freeman said they already use beer from Mother Stewart’s Brewing Co. in pretzel bread and a candied jalapeno relish from Mad Sweet Heat for homemade biscuits.
Abigail Lynn and Ella Freeman help get the Le Torte Dolci bakery ready Wednesday for it’s grand opening the next day. Bill Lackey/Staff
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