Fourty years ago, Anne and David Bradt, former summer residents of Nantucket, decided to retire to the island. As a way to stay busy and occupied during their "retirement" they bought The Nantucket Bake Shop from the gentleman who began the business twenty years before. Now one might have found them ill-equipped to run a bake shop, David being an engineer and Anne a teacher, but they felt that they could handle the running of a small, seasonal business and were ready to embark on their adventure. With one major addition, bakers, they knew it would fly.
Enter into the picture, Magee Bradt and Jay Detmer. College students with the summer off, they came to Nantucket to plan a fall wedding. The short story is that Jay took on the task of learning everything about bread baking from Joe, while Magee took over the pastry baking shift. By Labor Day everyone was confident that the Nantucket Bake Shop was able to carry on the traditions established for twenty years. In the fall, when the Bake Shop closed the door for the season, no one imagined that a lifetime career lay ahead, filled with growth and development and tradition.
In early 2009, the Nantucket Bake Shop won a contest sponsored by General Mills and the Retail Baker's Association. They had been chosen from hundreds of bakeries across the country to receive a renovation of their retail space. Have no fear - little has changed!! The heart of the plan was a desire to "improve our customer's retail experience while maintaining the historic traditions we all value." The Grand Reopening took place in the spring of 2010, complete with the Pillsbury Doughboy! Check out The Nantucket Bake Shop Facebook Page for details.
In late 2012, after 37 years at 79 Orange Street, we packed up the Bake Shop and headed to our new home at 171/2 Old South Road. This light and airy building was like a breath of fresh air for us. We spent the winter finishing it to suit our needs as well as the needs of the customers. Easily accessible, offering plenty of parking and handicap access, our new space was finished in late April. We reopened in May and spent the summer finding our way around here and hoping you would find your way to us. We stressed to all that we are the same people, baking exactly the same, traditional favorites , the same way in a new place.
For decades, The Nantucket Bake Shop has been voted Best Bakery on Nantucket by the readers of The Inquirer and Mirror and Cape Cod Life magazine, with mentions in Well Wed Magazine, Bird's Eye View, Saveur, The Boston Globe, Plum TV and the New York Times. We take great pride in all the media attentions, but, more importantly, we enjoy the support from all of our faithful friends. You are the ones whose opinion really matters!
Thank you for 40 terrific years of Nantucket Island Tradition!