Local bakeries preparing for the busiest time of the year

It’s the busiest time of the year for local bakeries and they’ve been making more than just cookies for Santa.

Before dawn you can find pastry chef Renee Loranger baking buttery scones and stuffing her favorite cheese Danishes.

Since opening in October, business has been consistent for the new shop, baking through Halloween, Thanksgiving and now Christmas. “Even been selling the cookie boxes and the cupcake boxes. You can get an assortment of cupcakes and it satisfies everybody. The cookie boxes are just an array of cookies so that’s a big seller.”

Loranger is a Food Network baking champion, well known for her cakes, yet it’s a little too late in the season to place specialty orders. “For the last-minute baked goods, it’s possible to come in and get something, it might not be exactly what you’re looking for, but I promise it’s going to be delicious.”

As a Waveland resident, she wants her pastries to connect the community and bond families as they celebrate Christmas. “I always love the holiday season. I love being creative and seeing families come together over food. It’s just really heartwarming.”

While the season has presented its challenges due to supply chain issues, she’s been able to bake around it. Now they just have to pull through Christmas then it’s on to the next big season. “We’re going to take a little breather before it gets even more hectic because you go right into King Cake season.”

Sugar Pop will be open Christmas Eve from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., closed on Christmas and resume regular hours Tuesday.

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