Downtown Welcomes First Act Bakery!

Downtown Welcomes First Act Bakery!

Torrington's own Stephanie Watts fulfills her life-long dream of opening a bakery. Welcome to downtown, First Act Bakery!

This past week, on Wednesday, October 16, First Act Bakery opened its doors for the first time. Long awaited by many, word quickly began to spread that that the new bakery was ready for customers. Many of you may have read the wonderful article in the Register Citizen telling Stephanie Watts story. Stephanie decided when she was just a young child that she wanted to open a bakery. She graduated from Wolcott Technical High School at age 17 and then attended the Lincoln Culinary Institute, never losing sight of her dream. Now 19, she located the perfect location at 53 Main Street which, at the time, happened to be my office! No problem! We renovated the space with the plan to rent it when the right tenant came along and here she was!

Stephanie immediately began planning for the bakery. She purchased the necessary equipment, storing it until the space was prepared. She began the process of applying for permits, completing the necessary renovations required by a bakery, and went through inspections with flying colors. She has an amazing family and they were eager to help with preparing the space plus her grandparents who enjoy helping out in the store.

On the first day, I visited the bakery and the smells were amazing. I purchased a fresh out of the oven chocolate chip muffin to bring to the office as well as some of the best chocolate chip cookies I have ever tasted. The cookies were brought to the office where a couple of gentlemen I work with were more than delighted to have a cookie break.

Last week, I was on my way to WAPJ to share air time with Barrie Soucy , and decided to stop at the bakery first to find a goodie for Barrie. There in the case were trays of gingerbread men, no, wait a minute, these were different! They were ginger dead men! They looked like gingerbread men but were decorated as skeletons. You see, Stephanie plans to create theme-based items for special occasions. Between Halloween just around the corner and the upcoming Rocky Horror Picture Show evenings at the Warner, the cookies were perfect! I headed on to the radio station where Barrie delightedly ate the head off the cookie within minutes of my arrival.

As I headed back to my office, Ed, the meter man stopped me to tell me that he had seen a certain man driving a certain gray car visiting a certain establishment on Main Street. He couldn’t tell me more in case it was a surprise. Later in the afternoon, after a visit to the Warner box office and a stop at Toy Jam to say hello to my favorite people, I stopped back at the bakery to buy my own ginger dead man.

I returned to the office and did those routine office tasks with a smile on my face. The cookie, of course, was delicious, but I was smiling more for Stephanie. You see, there were customers in and out all day, Some chose to have coffee and a pastry and sit at one of the bistro tables using their tablets to access the local wifi hot spot. Others were relating how eager they had been for the bakery to open.

When I arrived home, that certain man seen earlier in the vicinity of the bakery, had dinner underway. After we ate his amazing meatloaf, candied carrots and baked potatoes, lo and behold…..dessert! Imagine having to choose between a huge, cream-filled cream puff and the most amazing éclair!

First Act Bakery is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays; and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sundays. In addition to cases full of such things as chocolate chip cookies, eclairs and cream puffs, there are selections of apple turnovers, apple tarts, breads and so much more. Stephanie excels at special occasions cakes and cupcakes and will be happy to take orders. In addition to having themed items for events, she also plans to be open when there are events and special shows downtown.

Welcome to downtown Torrington, First Act Bakery!

Have you gone to First Act Bakery yet? What did you order?


About The Author

Sharon Waagner is the Office Manager and Communications Director for Torrington Downtown Partners, a commissioner for Arts Culture Torrington, and on the Main Street Market Place committee, among other things.

Most recently she joined with Barrie Soucy at WAPJ and on Thursday mornings at 9:40 a.m. they discuss upcoming events and help to promote businesses located in the downtown area.