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Crossroads Bake Shop: A Long Road to Delicious Treats

By Elisha Neubauer

If fresh is what you're looking for, fresh is exactly what you're going to get when it comes to Crossroads Bake Shop. Located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, the shop has become recognized for its fresh baked breads, desserts, and pastries.

While the quaint little bakery opened in 1991, its story started long before. Marcia and Paul Durgin began working for several bakeries across the Boston area during the '80s in order to learn and hone their craft. They found bakeries offering services and products which they wanted to specialize in and they got in knuckle-deep, learning the process in a hands-on manner. By the time the pair launched Crossroads Bake Shop, they were already ahead of the curve.

"We worked to gain skills at many jobs, and then took the leap to open our own place - which meant, sadly, leaving Boston," Marcia Durgin said. "Paul had family in the Doylestown area, and we were very fortunate to be able to bake out of his mother's basement for 10 months, baking for the Doylestown farmers market, before we opened our first shop in 1991."

Today, the shop has expanded several times thanks to its growth in reputation.

"We are in our third, and hopefully last stage of expansion, having doubled our size two times now," Durgin said. "We are so happy to be where we are, and it is a joy to serve our community."

The reputation of the bake shop has garnered attention for more than just its freshly baked yummies. The shop itself has become a haven?a lively place where customers see their friends and neighbors. The staff has been onboard for many years, so regulars are always greeted with a warm welcome and a friendly, familiar smile.

"The most important thing we do here is create community, for both customers and staff," Durgin said.

Crossroads uses only non-GMO, all-natural ingredients, and favor organic ingredients as much as possible. Even down to the sprinkles and food coloring used on their cakes consists of all-natural materials. While they don't use hydrogenated shortening, they do utilize pure butter in all of their baked goods.

"Our breads are traditional European style, using time honored techniques, that provide great flavor and texture," Durgin said. "We hope we have gained the trust of our customers, knowing that we care about good quality food and they can rely on getting that from us."

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