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Frances' Bakery Remembered

The business, in Trumbull Center, chose to close.

Frances' Bakery has been a Trumbull Staple for more than 50 years, but ended its run recently.

The storefront is dark but the furniture remains, as do the big black letters on the building spelling out "Frances Pastry of Trumbull."

"Fond memories have nothing to do w/ current owners but everything to do with Mr. Picarazzi and his family....now those were the days. I still think of lemon filled, chocolate covered doughnuts on Sunday morning," said Kae Gallagher in a Facebook Post.

And Melissa Hefferon Adinolfi recalled the bakery "did our special occasion cakes beautifully and I always felt their cookies were fresh and delicious."

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Frances' was a ritual for Angela Kiraly Bulkley. "We would stop on our way home from the transfer station on Sat mornings and get a half dozen yummy donuts for practically nothing. Everything was delicious and the women working there were so kind to the kids giving them Tie Dye cookies each time we went in. We will miss them," she said.

Another poster states: "Frances Bakery pastries, donuts and breads are STILL available at Hillview Superette (3751 Madison Ave Bridgeport - 3/4 of a mile south of the Trumbull Mall) on Saturdays and Sundays!!! Preorders are welcome call 203-372-9443."

The owners, Anabela and Gilberto Henriques, did not return a call seeking comment. The bakery was owned by Dominic Picarazzi, who sold it to the couple several years ago.

In 2010, the Henriqueses expanded the bakery into Monroe on Route 25, but there was a fire and a break-in.

A poster on the window says to call 203-522-6266 for information on bakery orders.

John Kriz June 12, 2012 at 03:14 PM
I really missed the original Frances Bakery. We used to get great cakes and pastries there. After Dominic left, it was never the same. I'm not surprised they closed. I've been going up to the Monroe Bakery on 111, near the Post Office. It is quite good.
Kathleen September 08, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Frances was the best place for great CT Italian breads. Whenever we visited relatives in another state, we always brought dozens of Frances' breads. We'll miss that wonderful smell !

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