Tea Has Company in Doylestown
Louise Lee, owner of Le Macaron French Pastries in Doylestown, drew on her experience in the corporate world, but also on her childhood in Montreal, Canada. When she found the franchise opportunity for Le Macaron, it was the perfect match. “The offerings were so reminiscent of the patisserie that I was accustomed to in Canada,” says Lee. “You don’t really see French pastries here, and it filled that gap.”
The place offers macaron, which Lee calls the perfect pastry. “People love it. It’s decadent and unlike other pastries, the recipe is originally gluten-free, so it hasn’t been changed to make it so.” They also offer gelato in original flavors you can’t get anywhere else, as well as other pastries made by French pastry chef Didier Baba.
Lee, along with her husband Steve, began the process of opening the franchise before the pandemic. “We signed the lease before the pandemic began, and planned to open in May,” says Lee. But that didn’t happen. They were on pause for a while when things were shut down but were able to finally open their doors November 5, 2020.
Le Macaron is the perfect “getaway” in a time when we can’t really get away. The atmosphere is uplifting, cheerful, and happy, which is exactly what everyone needs right now. “Patrons can escape the day-to-day and feel like they are in Paris,” says Lee. “There are no pastries like French pastries.”
Baking With Heart
Another place to find sweet treats is Bake Ability. The bakery serves baked goods baked by individuals with different abilities who are mentored by professional bakers. They are afforded the opportunity by this new business to learn, grow, and serve the community. As Covid-19 restrictions continue to ease, the business will also house a teaching facility to hold community cooking classes.
Their items are hand-baked with love and can be bought on-sight. Cakes and other items for special events should be ordered at least two weeks in advance.
More New Merchants…
La Casita Mia is a new boutique food and art shop that serves artisan food alongside designs from around the world. Housed in the historic Hargrave building in Doylestown, it is the perfect place to broaden horizons and find a unique gift.
As the weather warms, the occasion may call for ice cream. Hickory Stick Ice Cream has opened a second location in the Buckingham Green Shopping Center. They serve hand dipped ice cream, soft serve ice cream, milk shakes, sundaes, pastries, and Stock’s famous pound cake. They also offer ice cream cakes, pies, and water ice.
Gran Rodeo will open a new location this April in Warrington to complement the Montgomeryville location. The family owned and operated business offers a variety of authentic Mexican food and drinks from quesadillas to street tacos, from fresh margaritas to fried ice cream. They also offer catering for special events. Gluten-free and vegetarian options are available as well.