Village Bakery Has Closed, Owners Announce Today

In a letter to friends and patrons dated Tuesday, owner Karen Child explains that the bakery on Gordon Avenue in Lawrence Township, in part, could not recover from losses incurred due to the power outage caused by Hurricane Sandy.

To the shock and dismay of many Lawrence Township residents, The Village Bakery has gone out of business, closing its doors as of this morning (Tuesday, Nov. 27).

In a letter dated today and posted on the door of the bakery – on Gordon Avenue in the heart of historic Lawrenceville – owner Karen Child explains that the decision to close the business was a difficult one that was the result of losses brought about by Hurricane Sandy and the difficulties she and her husband Bo had in finding qualified staff to help run the bakery.

As Patch reader Marcia Willsie recounted, after Hurricane Sandy knocked out power to The Village Bakery Karen and Bo Child opened their doors to friends and neighbors and gave out all their perishables – cakes, pies, quiches, breads, and cheeses – for free.  

“By candlelight they poured into the bakery, grabbed a plate and helped themselves to the most sumptuous meal anyone could have hoped for on such a night – chef Karen Child's best, all for free. Husband Bo Child brought in fellow musicians who played some spirited bluegrass into the night as people visited with each other,” Willsie said in her email to Patch.

The full text of the letter Karen Child posted on the bakery’s door can be found below:

Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012

To All Our Friends and Patrons of The Village Bakery,

As of today, The Village Bakery is closed. It will not reopen under this management

After almost nine years of ownership, the decision to close was a difficult one. The loss we incurred from Sandy, plus the inability to hire qualified personnel to produce and sell our products over the past eight months drained all our resources. Without the necessary help and funds that we need to accomplish our jobs, it was determined that closing the bakery was our only option.

Our “Regulars” have made The Village Bakery their home-away-from-home, which is the finest compliment any owner could receive. Thank you all for your patronage and goodwill over the years.

Happy Holidays,

Karen P. Child, Owner/Pastry Chef


Please use the comments section below to tell us how you feel about the loss of The Village Bakery. Share your memories of the bakery and tell us what it meant to you and your family.


mare November 30, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Mare-your faithful saturday girl your place was the best small & cozy and known by name that was part of the trademark and great treats you will be missed
Your Customer December 03, 2012 at 03:58 PM
I was a daily customer and quite suprised to see that the bakery had closed. I brought two of your Apple Meltaways to seperate Thanksgiving celebrations, and they were both a hit at each. Rave reviews from all guests. It will be difficult to find another bakery of your caliber. Best wishes!
John McGlynn December 04, 2012 at 12:35 AM
As the former owner of Village Bakery from 1990 to 2004, I am sad to hear this news. I know the owners put a lot of money into renovations and upgrades. I have been a Baker since I was a kid (started in 1969) I know how hard it is to run this type of business. The people making these nasty remarks would break in a week if they tried to run a bakery. You primadonnas !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
John McGlynn December 04, 2012 at 12:38 AM
I feel that the people should have spent more time eating meltaways !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bob Morgan February 16, 2014 at 04:10 PM
Karen and Bo have resurfaced at the Brick Farm Market in Hopewell - HOORAY!!! Had two meltaways and picked up a loaf of their extraordinary cinnamon bread!


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