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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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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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