Given the dearth of grab-and-go food options in Winooski, it’s not a surprise that residents were excited about a new bakery opening at Spinner Place, right across from the bus stop. But Gretel-Ann Fischer wasn’t expecting the near riots that ensued when she began setting up the kitchen at Cupp’s. “People were coming and begging us to at least be open for coffee and muffins,” the baker says. “They were banging on the window.”
Popular demand forced Fischer to start serving at Cupp’s on November 21, at least two weeks earlier than her projected opening in the first or second week of December. The café’s tables and chairs are still on back order at press time (they should arrive on Wednesday, December 1), and the closest thing the place has to a sign is a piece of paper on the glass door. But Fischer says business has been “phenomenal.”
Her buttery sticky buns have been the biggest seller, she notes. Rugelach and bread pudding made from day-old muffins have also been hits, along with Callebaut hot chocolate topped with Cabot whipped cream.
Fischer hopes that, when her cold case arrives this week, pastry offerings at Cupp’s will double or triple. Without a cool place to store buttercream-topped confections, she says, she has held off on stocking such signature creations as cakes and cupcakes, as well as cheesecake and éclairs. She also expects crême brûlée, available in maple and brownie flavors, to be popular with her customers.
Barring any major storms, Fischer is confident Cupp’s will be fully outfitted on Wednesday and ready for its official grand opening on Saturday — when she’ll be giving out free samples from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Let’s hope the crowds of hungry Onion City residents will calm down a little.