December 23, 2014 – After five years of creating scrumptious artisan pastries and breads in a converted gas station, owners of the popular Bakery Station in Salinas have sold the business to pursue other interests. Co-owner Ana Melissa Garcia will start classes with ALBA on January 3 with the goal of becoming an organic farmer and hops grower.
“The last five years have been wonderful and I feel really happy to have done something that made a contribution to the community, but I believe it’s time to make a change,” said Garcia. Her partner Erika Olivarez plans to return to her previous career as a family counselor. Garcia has been tending the herb garden at the historic Harvey House, home of the city’s first mayor, and felt the need to do more. “As a vegetarian I want to learn to grow my own organic food and hops,” she said, adding that it’s not really such a change. “After all beer is basically liquid bread.”
The new owners—Sarah Torres and her brother Richard—take over on January 1. Sarah, a cake specialist, has been training at the Bakery Station since mid-November and Garcia will stay on through next year to help with the transition.
“I’m really excited and happy to come into work everyday,’ said the new owner. “Cakes have always been a passion of mine and people kept telling me I should open a bakery.”
Torres said they don’t plan to make big changes. They will keep making all the Bakery Station’s delicious sandwiches, but hope to bring in a few new items like soups and grab-and-go salads for lunch. She will also introduce her own zucchini bread—a family favorite. Look for it soon and stop in to welcome the new owners.