Memories: Leon’s Bake Shop!

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  • What I remember most out of all their stuff were these little pastries/cakes (I don't know anything about this, have never baked in my life and my mom didn't either – she just went to Leon's) that were different almost day-glo colors of red, green, yellow, with chocolate icing on both ends. I think we called them ribbon cakes, but that can't be their name.

    There's a lot else I remember from Leon's. Thanks for posting this!

  • Barbara

    Rainbow cookies. is what they were/are called. :-)

  • Bugg

    Brownies. They would always ask "Do you know how big it is?"

    The rye bread was simply the best.

    The line on holidays was out the door and down Knapp Street every Thanksgiving.

  • Donald

    Thank you. As a child I would go in after church and get a bagel with butter and a coffee. I felt so adult. Also when we had a holiday or guests my parents would get one of their fantastic cheese cakes. Oh how I wish I could go back for just one hour. Thanks for the walk down memory lane

  • Beachwalker

    Danny, Are these ads coming from an old Gerrittsen Gazette? I have a few of those stashed away somewhere. It is so interesting to see them, not to mention the memories they conjure up for everyone.

  • Dee Keenan

    Leon's Bakery!….Let's go back to the stone age….who remembers George's Bakery?

  • Want to go further back? What about Margie & Harry's bakery?

  • Beachwalker

    I don't remember Georges or Margie and Harry's, where were they?

  • sorry for you all

    Beachwalker Margie and Harrys was about where the canvas shop is… Harry Hobart started as a jeweler on the Ave.Then he and Margie opened a coffee shop and bakery…. Georges Bakery was where Victoria Pizza is now… George Newman also had the candy store on the corner of Everett and Gerrittsen …. !960's vintage stuff…….

  • Beachwalker

    Sorry for us all, so you mean that Margie & Harry's was before Polays? I do remember Newmans being a candy store with a soda fountain, but do not remember bakeries.

  • Kathy Nicholsen

    Lived on Plumb 2nd St. across from the Chimes Restaurant, remember Leon's Bakery, my wedding cake was made there. Miss the old neighborhood. Now live in Cape Coral, Fl.

  • elvis aron the king

    My memories of leons start at about 1960 when i was mere lad of seven, .i also used to stop there after mass on way home.for me it was the onion rolls.this bakery was always crowded due to the fact that it was family operated .leon and ruth zwerner owned the place and were always there.he’d be the short bald guy coming from the back with the most delicious stuff around.she’d be taking care of customers black hair and always wore those big buddy holly style glasses.quite often lines would be out the door but around the holidays it would be frantic even though there were usually six girls or more to help the customers.back then servjce was foremost does any one remember being trated like a customer?

  • Ann

    Leon’s and the rye bread, oh, for the days gone by.. I can still recall standing near the back, watching the rye bread being cut. Great memories

  • Ann

    The baker from Leon’s is now working at Waldbaums on Ralph Ave. & Ave. L. I buy my cakes there now.

  • Cat

    Didn’t they make a cake called a spritzer or spritza which was had a donut-like pastry on the top and bottom with cream in the middle?

  • TONY

    I WORKED AS THE FLOOR WAXER FOR ABOUT 10 YEARS FOR LEONS THE BEST THING WAS EARLY IN THE MORNING GOING TO CLEAN THE FLOOR AND HAVE FRESH RYE BREAD JUST OUT OF THE OVEN WITH BUTTER AND A LARGE TEA. I WAITED EAch week to go.the baker was earnie we would sit and talk about everying for two hours

  • The Beacher

    Leon’s was the best.

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