When local physician Cheryle Stone decided to hang up her stethoscope, she also decided to fill her time by going into the bakery business.
Located in a section of Ecelectic Heart Antiques and Furnishings on East Tioga Street in Tunkhannock, Madeleines, A Bakery offers a wide of variety of mouth watering treats to tempt many a palette.
“I’ve been here since June,” Stone explained. “I bake at home, then bring everything here.”
The selections vary each week, and include cakes, pies, and cookies. Three things are available regularly - biscotti, a twice-baked Italian bread; chocolate pecan cookies, and a gluten free item. This week, the gluten-free items are lime-coconut cupcakes.
“I always make something chocolate for Judy (Mead),” Stone explained about the owner of Ecelectic Heart. “She was very kind to me, and I always make something chocolate for her.”
This week’s chocolate selection is a rich chocolate cake.
For many years, Stone was a family practitioner in the area. In addition to her medical experience, Stone also possesses a background in food service, with a bachelor’s degree in dietetics, and a master’s degree in human nutrition.
“I just love to cook,” Stone said. “I always said I was going to have a bakery when I retired.”
One stumbling block Stone discovered to her dream was a requirement by the Department of Health that a bakery must possess three sinks in order to operate. But Mead told her Ecelectic Heart has the required three sinks, allowing her to set up the operation.
“She believes the store may have been a bakery at one time,” Stone said.
Madeleines is normally opened Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“I wasn’t looking for a full time job,” she explained. “I wanted to do this and still have time to do other things. So I have the best of both worlds.”
Stone does most of her baking at home on Thursdays and Fridays. In addition to baked goods, Madeleines also offers a line of fresh herbs and spices such as basil and thyme.
“I buy it in bulk and package it at home,” Stone said. “That way it is fresh and better than anything you can buy at the grocery store.”
Stone and her husband have also dabbled in antiques through the years, and some of their items can be found around the bakery counter.
“They’re also scattered throughout the store,” she said.
Madeleines will also be open extended hours during the Journey to Bethlehem event, as well as Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. through Christmas.
Stone also will make individual orders for customers such as birthday cakes. However, she will not do wedding cakes or similar items that require extensive decoration.
“I love it. It keeps me busy,” Stone explained.
“It’s absolutely delicious,” said Pat Kelly of Wilkes Barre who was shopping at Madeleines. “When I saw that chocolate cake, I hoped it was real.”
“It’s hard to believe they’re real - they’re so delicious looking,” said Rita Deriancho of Montrose.
“I really think they’re wonderful looking and have such a delicious taste,” said Nancy Flannery.