The death of an old-fashioned bakery
If you get a chance, stop by the New System Bakery & Cafe in Hampden before the snow arrives and say goodbye. It's closing for good today.
I asked one of the current owners, John Ruthke, why they were closing. (The people in the photo are the former owners, Grace and Bernie Breighner.)
"The economy," he said, "It's complicated. It was a bunch of factors. We're not making any money."
When I asked what was next, he said, "We're going to get jobs somewhere."
I'm really bummed by this news. Maybe other people wouldn't, but I put New System in the Baltimore landmark category. ...
I know it got new owners a decade ago. I know it moved from the Avenue. But still.
Every year when Gailor was growing up I would get her birthday cake there. (I made her first birthday cake and after that realized it wasn't worth the trouble.)
I think I still have in a kitchen drawer somewhere the little plastic figures of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs that came on a cake one year. They were her favorite.
I loved that place.(photo of New System Bakery in 1992 by kenneth K. Lam/Sun photographer)