Heidi's Finest German Bakery Opens in Ridgewood

Long-awaited Bavarian bakery 'Heidi's Finest' introduced itself to the village on Saturday, a day before the co-owner gave birth.

The lederhosen and delicious pastries are out – Saturday marked the grand opening of Heidi's Finest German Bakery at 49 E. Ridgewood Ave.

We've that the is a family operation, with a couple moving from Germany to the U.S. to open the business. They reportedly looked at numerous locations before determining Ridgewood was the optimal spot, sources said.

The owners weren't available to speak this early week and for good reason – a day after opening the business, they were at the hospital welcoming a baby to the world.

Heidi's serves cakes, pastries, breads, coffee, and more. A store employee said over 300 different items are made at the bakery, so there's definitely something for everyone. 

It's open Mon-Thur from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fri. from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sat. from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Stay tuned for a full profile next week.

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JV July 31, 2012 at 02:28 PM
It would be very helpful if you explained the reason for your comment. The sign has been on the window for months, so the arrival of this business is not a surprise. How is the Jewish community, for which you have announced yourself as spokesperson for many, adversely affected? Where and what are the "enemy lines?"
RdgwdGRock July 31, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Johnny - you are a nut. you commented (negatively) at another article about a test being given at a temple. please go back to the Bizarro planet.
Marco Maric July 31, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Are you kidding me,should we ban people from driving Mercedes & BMW as well. We live in a melting pot called America, the enemy lines you are referring to are in the Middle East, in a place called Israel, Go Visit, I hear it's beautfiul this time of year.
Johnny Tran July 31, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Why would we ban the wealthy who contribute more in taxes than everybody else? I know how these German bakery types work, my grandfather warned me about them. Our community will welcome them with open arms and they'll repay us for skipping out on income taxes and creating an anti-Jewish movement. You'll see.
fred holden July 31, 2012 at 02:45 PM
"Johnny T," I too am a member of the Jewish community. I must say that I find your biased comment appalling, prejudicial, unAmerican, and not at all representative our "our" community.
Doug Parody July 31, 2012 at 02:45 PM
I wasn't aware that there were any "lines" in Ridgewood or anywhere else in the USA. I always believed we lived in a multicultural nation of immigrants open to all, and that from this melting pot we derive our strength and multi-faceted national identity. Speaking strictly for myself (and perhaps a significant amount of others) I am happy to welcome this new business to Ridgewood. It's a BAKERY for heaven's sake!
maureen July 31, 2012 at 02:49 PM
i expected fresh hot bread & rolls like on my trip to Germany . This looks like a huge over-priced pastry shop with no smell of fresh - baked anything ?
JAFO July 31, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Patrick Allin July 31, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Johnny will troll with whatever obnoxious opinion he can come up with, even if it directly conflicts with another he just posted...
Johnny Tran July 31, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Ugh, you commoners never understand the "big picture". They want you to think it's a harmless bakery, but you'll never understand the true impact that this imposes to the Jewish community. If you really want to understand, come to the next town meeting where we will present our evidence against this "innocent bakery".
RdgwdGRock July 31, 2012 at 04:55 PM
RdgwdGRock July 31, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Johnny Troll
Wendy G July 31, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Wouldn't you be more concerned over Mercedes Benz or BMW??? In actuality the larger corps do not pay more in taxes than "we" do ....most of them end up paying barely anything. I say eat and enjoy today, for tomorrow may not come.
Ridgewood Mom August 01, 2012 at 12:43 AM
באַגריסן Willkommen Heidi's!
AMAMOM August 01, 2012 at 12:01 PM
I was there at 7:30 this morning and they weren't open. Guess they aren't in the coffee and pastry in the morning business. So back to Bagelicious I went. That's too bad.
MG August 01, 2012 at 02:11 PM
James I think Johnny Trans post should be deleted. His post is inapproriate and almost threatning.
James Kleimann August 01, 2012 at 04:34 PM
I want to thank you all for bringing the comments in question to my attention. We've been cooperating with Ridgewood police on this matter. The postings have been taken down and the user has been suspended. After looking into the posts, while it doesn't appear to meet the standard for criminality, the postings serve only to inflame and upset others. We do not support or tolerate prejudice and bigotry in any way. Should anyone spot something like this in the future, please do not hesitate to e-mail me at james.kleimann@patch.com
Bernadette Walsh August 02, 2012 at 04:04 PM
@ James - We appreciated your generosity after the meeting last night. Three cheers for the Patch and Heidi's fantastic bakery!! I had the chocolate drizzled croissant, it was divine!
James Kleimann August 02, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Sure thing. Glad everyone enjoyed.
Larisa Kramer August 07, 2012 at 08:19 AM
I would try again if I were you. Germans are known to have the best breakfast items ever.
Maria August 11, 2012 at 01:28 AM
So happy to finally have a bakery in this town that has wonderful breads, delicious cakes and the most outstanding rolls. I am big fan of this place! The "Bienenstich"- cake is delicious!
Lloyd August 23, 2012 at 03:17 PM
My wife is from Germany, I worked 17 years in Germany. We've gone to Heidi's Bakery 2x so far. Each time we were there we felt like we were on vacation sitting in a German bakery enjoying "Kaffee und Kuchen." We're glad to have found them, certain they'll be around for a long time and plan to be regulars going ahead. We've already told a bunch of our German friends about it.
Tatyania Kudria August 26, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Welcome to our town!!
Tatyania Kudria August 26, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Thankyou and Dankesan
Tatyania Kudria August 26, 2012 at 10:38 PM
They always are there at 6.30 am everyday to bake the pastries in the back. I like the German coffee there, because you cant find it anywhere else in america.
Tatyania Kudria August 26, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Everything is baked fresh there The rolls are under $1. Also, all the ingredients are imported from Germany. Wow! talk about quality. Very much worth it.
Indira Jiones September 14, 2012 at 04:27 AM
Heidi's German Bakery doesn't bake its cakes. I did some research after biting into a partially defrosted piece of cake and found that all of their products can be linked to two sites: http://www.erlenbacher.de/en/ and http://www.butterback.de/en/products/top-seller/. The cakes are from the first company and the pastries/breads from the second. The worst part is, they told me everything was baked fresh daily and I read an article saying that they import ingredients and that everything is made on site or in Elizabeth. They clearly lie. Personally, I would not have paid 6 dollars for a piece of cake if I had known it was frozen.
CoffeeHound1985 October 20, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Asking the owners, Heidi's (openly) conveys it imports (almost) everything from Germany, but bakes everything on site with their ovens in the back. The furniture, decore, goods (which exception to their italian coffee & cold drinks ie:coca-cola) and even the owners come directly from Germany, all in effort to keep things authentic; their style is simplistic, contemporary and clean. It's clear from a business standpoint, not unlike: Starbucks, Alterra or CPK, they have a lock on the way their operation works with a controlled model which would suggest scalability. While they assemble things (imported from Germany) and bake things daily via oven to maintain consistency, by design, it would appear they are looking to grow a chain/franchise/wholesale model after using their first store to test the market. To me, this seems pretty straight forward: If the baked goods weren't from Germany, they would be "German Style" but locally sourced, leading into question the authenticity of their Brand. At the end of the day, their German Dark Roast coffee and baked goods hit the spot and the owners/employees maintain a pleasant atmosphere. I wish the growing family the best in what is most likely a very promising future!
Larisa Kramer October 26, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Hi Indira Jiones, I dont see why them importing the products would be a problem for you. You should check the shock-frosting systems that are used in productions nowadays and you will see that all vitamins and ingredients are kept at their highest quality when they are frozen. Its even fresher than what you get at some bakery shops. Plus have you never shopped anything frozen at your supermarket? You should know that your fruits and veggies are frozen too, how else are they gonna be kept during the long journey from farms to the supermarket? Its the taste that counts. Plus with "Made in Germany" there is always quality associated. I would try again if I were you. Ask them and let them explain you what they do.
Beth Pfaff November 19, 2012 at 04:39 PM
I will certainly make a trip up from Chester to visit the bakery!


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