The first thing that I noticed was that the selection of baked goods (cupcakes) and candies was all over the place. It really didn't seem to specialize in one thing...but had alot of everything and not a good selection of anything. Things weren't looking too promising.
Thanks to you guys and gals I usually make some bread at least twice a week. But I didn't have anything ready for homemade bread today. So I asked if they sell any bread. The man replied "sure, we have a 36" french". Sounds good to me.
He asks me how I would like it packaged, because they didn't have any bags that were long enough. This seemed odd to me (as they are a bakery) but I stated he could just cut it in half. He said "Ok" and point to the bag he was going to put it in, a plastic bag. As I was standing near the cash register I noticed that they had a small container of Pillsbury frosting that they were using on their cupcakes.
I was beginning to wonder about the whole bread thing so I called for him in the back part of the store. When he came up front I asked him if they made the bread at the store. He replied the brand, it was a less than mediocre grocery store french bread with no crust. The very reason I started baking my own bread.
I've been running into a number of stores in my area that are supposed to be specialty shops, but are putting together products that I'd expect to find on Sandra Lee's Semi-Homemade episodes.
UGH! Have you guys and gals run into anything similar where you live?