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Hamlin Bakery Open for Business

02/09/2018 02:49PM ● By Kylie Cooper

Hamlin Fountain & Gifts is a staple in our community. Their coffee, milkshakes, burgers, fries, chili (the list could go on forever, but we’ll stop there) are a part of so many Coastal Bend resident’s favorite memories. And, now you can add all things baked goods to that list.

People have been able to purchase Hamlin Bakery’s delectable pastries and baked goods through various other local restaurants, pop-up shops, and by stopping by the bar at Hamlin Fountain for a while now. However, this past Wednesday, Hamlin Bakery (the newest addition to the inside of the building) had their soft opening. Needless to say, there was no shortage of cakes, cookies, and other tasty treats available for patrons and the Lady Baker Squad did not disappoint. 

“It feels great,” lead lady baker, Katie Nicholson said in regard to the bakery finally having an open space of its own. “It is a dream ten years in the making and it is finally here.”

Nicholson, whose grandfather opened the Hamlin business in 1960, feels proud for obvious reasons, but mainly because of how she is able to continue her family’s legacy. The bakery took the old counters from the original pharmacy and had them locally refurbished into functional counters for the bakery. By maintaining some of the original elements of the space, there is a nostalgic feel that immediately engulfs you.

“My grandfather stopped by yesterday and we got the seal of approval from him,” Nicholson says with a smile. “So, we know we did good.”

Nicholson hopes this addition attracts the younger generation to Hamlin and, in turn, help the business as a whole continue to grow and flourish.

While the bakery is officially open for business, they don’t plan on slowing down anytime soon. With a couple more renovations to be done and a menu expansion (such as new dietary restriction pastries) in the works, you can expect to see big things from these ladies.

Stop in and experience the deliciousness for yourself—we promise you won’t be disappointed!