Susan Glover scrapes paint off a wall in 149 N. Main St. last week in preparation for opening the building as a bakery in about a month. It will offer specialty orders as well as sell small orders of treats daily.
Susan Glover scrapes paint off a wall in 149 N. Main St. last week in preparation for opening the building as a bakery in about a month. It will offer specialty orders as well as sell small orders of treats daily.

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Making baking a business

Published 10:18pm Thursday, May 2, 2013

A former educator is cooking up a new gig downtown.

Susan Glover plans to open Simply Susan’s bakery at 149 N. Main St., the former location of Rosa’s Coffee Cantina. Formerly an employee at First Baptist Christian School, she now is chasing her dream of owning a bakery.

“It’s been a dream for probably 20 years,” she said. “I have always enjoyed baking, and we’ve always been a family that gathers around the table.”

After leaving the school, Glover said the pull of having a bakery was too much to resist when the spot on North Main Street became available.

She has been working on the space since the beginning of April and hopes to open June 1.

“I’m fortunate I’m not on a real pressed timeline,” she said.

Glover is excited to bring a bakery to downtown Suffolk.

“I think there’s a need for a bakery downtown,” she said. “I’m hoping this place will be a hub of hospitality. I’m looking forward to that kind of relationship with downtown.”

Glover will offer cupcakes, cookies and other sweet treats. She plans to close at 2 p.m. on weekdays but be open later for club meetings and similar gatherings.

She said downtown is growing and she hopes to grow along with it. She said light breakfast and lunch may be offered after a few months of operating just the bakery, which also will provide specialty orders.

“It’s good to see the excitement that I see around Suffolk,” she said. “People want a place like this.”

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