There has been much talk lately about local businesses vs chain stores. It's true that both can create jobs, but there is more to it than that. Here are just a few former Bakery employees who have taken what they learned here and started their own business. The benefits of shopping local resonate exponentially. Anna Roberts-cake decorator went on to start Something Sweet Dessert Cafe in Middletown, Justine Leger-chef went on to start Bridge Creek Catering and Cafe in New Paltz, Ursula Woinoski-baker and our first manager went on to start the Wine Hutch in Kingston, Marcella Robin-cake decorator went on to start M. Robin Cake Design in Portland, Oregon, Jarek Wysocki-bakery intern went on to start Babycakes Cafe in Poughkeepsie, Jason White-counter staff went on start Segway of the Hudson Valley, Amara Projanski-cake decorator went on to start Chronogram. And there are many more successful people and job creators who have started their careers at The Bakery and all of our wonderful New Paltz businesses. Shop local - it's an investment in our future.