We’re delighted to welcome first artisan bakery in the City Centre opened by talented artisan baker Texenery Gonzales Vera.
A host of delicious breads, pastries, cakes and sweet treats await visitors to new business Vera Artisan Bakery. Business has been booming at the Barton Street bakery since it opened on February 21. The bakery is run by Texenery Gonzales Vera – known as Texy – who bakes the shop’s fantastic range of goods and specialises in making 100% sourdough bread.
Texy – who chose her surname for the shop’s name – moved from Stirling to Tenerife three years ago and previously worked at Muffin Break in The Thistles said: “I came to Scotland for a holiday five years ago and loved the Scottish people and landscape and decided I wanted to live here. When I moved to Stirling, I initially worked in Muffin Break and then at a bakery in South Queensferry – and before that I worked as a baker in Tenerife for 12 years.
I love baking and make all sorts of goods from scratch, but my passion is bread and my speciality is 100% sourdough bread.
It’s always been my dream to open my own artisan bakery and now it’s happened – and the people of Stirling definitely seemed ready for it as we’ve been busy every day since we opened. We’ve had a great reception so far and I’m so pleased with how everything is going – although I think I will need to take on a baker to help me cope with the demand.”
Texy starts baking at 6.30am before the shop opens at 8.30am and the first customers come in for breakfast croissants, brioche and freshly baked bread. She and her assistants see a steady steam of customers arrive at lunchtime when they serve up delicious savoury bagels, focaccia plus various types of bread and rolls. Meanwhile, sweet treats including brownies, doughnuts, cheesecake, cakes, cookies and cinnamon rolls are popular throughout the day.
The bakery window attracts customers’ attention with all the treats on display while its exterior is attractive and welcoming also thanks to a £175 grant Texy received from Go Forth Stirling via its Shop Front Improvement grant.
Texy says: “I try and make lots of different goods and customers will also ask for certain things – we did Hot Cross buns recently plus Challah bread and Tiramisu brownies which all went down well. We always have samples out for people to try and also make three or four different vegan treats every day – such as red velvet brownies, Oreo vegan rolls and tomato basil focaccia.”
It is largely a takeaway – however, there are six seats inside the shop and Texy also sells soft drinks.
More details and photos of the baked goods on offer can be found on the Facebook page – www.facebook.com/veraartisanbakery/ and on Instagram www.instagram.com/veraartisanbakery/ You can also visit Vera’s website