North State Bakeries Offer Special Treats To Make Your Holidays Happy

As Charles Schultz once said “Happiness is a warm puppy” or “Happiness is a thumb and a blanket.” But for many, happiness is a warm, flaky just-out-of-the-oven croissant or a delicately decorated cupcake. These bakery goodies and many other savory items are available at the family-owned North State bakeries featured below, three local businesses that are experts at making their customers happy.

The Tin Roof Bakery and Café in Chico, Sweetspot in Redding, and The Oven Bakery in Mount Shasta each provide their own unique specialties, from artesian breads and sandwiches to pastries, pies, cupcakes and holiday treats.

Located in downtown Chico, the Tin Roof Bakery and Café is a great place to enjoy coffee and pastry or to enjoy one of the café’s daily lunch specials. You can always be sure to find your favorite pastries, scones, tarts and cakes, including the café’s specialty, the “Toast of Chico.”  They even offer treats for dogs. The café is child-friendly, with a large indoor seating area and outdoor seating that can be enjoyed in good weather.

As the seasons change, so do the Tin Roof’s offerings. In fall and winter, pumpkin tarts, pumpkin teacakes and nut-based products are added to the menu, as well as hot soups. Beautifully decorated cookies can be packaged for you in special holiday boxes.

The Tin Roof initially started out in 2002 as a wholesale bakery specializing in artisan breads. In 2009, owner and general manager Brandon Siewert expanded the business to include pastries, lunches and coffees, and Tin Roof Bakery and Café opened at its present location.

Brandon carries on a family tradition in the food industry – in addition to having extensive experience in the restaurant business, Brandon grew up under the influence of his grandmother, who owned a catering business in Wisconsin. “Chico has been a great community to have a business in,” he says. “The community draws from the Bay Area and has high standards. We strive hard to meet those standards.”

Sweetspot owners Charmaine Yu and Christopher Evans offer delicious treats in a playful & creative atmosphere. Gelato photo by Heather Armstrong Photography, all other photos by Firefly Mobile Studios.

In business for nearly four years in Redding, owner and baker Charmaine Yu of Sweetspot has created a unique “cupcake bakery.” The cupcakes are available in different sizes: mini, regular and jumbo, and in fun flavors such as banana caramel, root beer float and lemon drop. In addition to cupcakes, Sweetspot specializes in Italian gelato (the only spot in Redding where it’s made from scratch), and also offers cakes and frozen yogurt.

Sweetspot loves having children in the shop – a floor-to-ceiling chalkboard allows little ones to express themselves as they sit in child-sized seats and tables eating their treats. Kids can have fun at Sweetspot’s in-house cooking classes: during summer, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, kids learn how to make gelato and decorate cupcakes.

If you are looking for holiday treats, Sweetspot offers seasonal flavors. For the winter holidays, peppermint gelato is available, and cheesecakes, truffles and chocolates can be special ordered, as well as other items. Sweetspot provides catering services for parties and weddings, and birthday parties can be scheduled at the shop where children can make their own cookies and decorate cupcakes.

Charmaine opened Sweetspot after completing a degree in product design. Her family operates the Sailing Boat restaurant in Redding, so she was familiar with both the area and the food industry. “It was a lot of work introducing something new to Redding,” she says. Her hard work has definitely paid off, as Sweetspot is really a one-of-a-kind sweet choice for Redding families.

Owner Tiphaine Ferchaud and her daughter at The Oven Bakery in Mount Shasta. Photo: Living Shasta Photography http://www.livingshastaphotography.com

In Mount Shasta, a stop at The Oven Bakery to purchase warm artesian breads and tasty pastries can be especially satisfying during the cold months of winter! Friday nights are pizza night and feature two types of pizza. For the holidays, you can special order breads that feature an international twist: Jewish Challah, German Stollen, French Bouche de Noel or Italian Panaton.

Baker and owner Tiphaine Ferchaud uses a wood-fired brick oven, a style of baking that is physically demanding: Tiphaine chops the wood, builds the fires and mixes all ingredients by hand. She says emphatically, “It’s challenging because it’s physical, but I love it. I can’t see myself doing anything else.”

Trained in France at a state-of-art cooking school, Tiphaine bought The Oven Bakery in 2008 and has developed 17 specialty breads, using whole wheat, white and spelt fours, with many selections featuring sourdough cultures started seven years prior. Breads include: Olives and Thyme Sourdough, Whole Grain Spelt Sunflax, Multi Seed Sourdough, and the ever-popular Jalapeno Cheddar and Cinnamon Raisin sourdoughs.

Tiphaine is currently working on baking gluten-free breads and pastries, something difficult to find in Siskiyou County. She continues a family tradition: her father was also an excellent cook, and she was influenced by a grandmother who was an “amazing chef” at a restaurant.

All three bakery owners have expressed their love of operating their bakeries and for bringing happiness to their customers. So whatever makes you happy – a tart, a cupcake, or a warm slice of bread – make your holidays yummy by treating yourself and your children to something from one of these fine bakeries!

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Tin Roof Bakery & Café
627 Broadway, Chico
(530) 892-2893
http://www.facebook.com/tinroofbakery

Sweetspot
930 Hilltop Dr. Ste. B, Redding
(530) 226-8086
You can find Sweetspot Redding on Facebook

The Oven Bakery
214 N. Mt Shasta Blvd., Mount Shasta
(530) 926-0960
http://www.theoven-bakery.com

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Darla Greb Mazariegos
About Darla Mazariegos

Writer Darla Greb Mazariegos is a mother of three and part of the North State Parent staff.

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