Over the course of the year-and-a-half I’ve been doing these posts, I’ve been professing my love for Annapolis. We learn a lot about ourselves when we’re writing or sharing our thoughts, in whatever medium we see fit. The subject matter is tea but it’s also about finding the good in every situation, no matter how difficult it may be. This won’t be a challenge.
My visit to Bakers & Co. was one of the most enjoyable. I didn’t want to leave.
A couple weeks prior I was driving through the Eastport neighborhood of Naptown, and saw this hidden gem nestled within a gorgeous set of houses. This was out of production set, and I hadn’t even walked in. I just drove by second-guessing myself after a while. Why didn’t I just walk in? Would I be back and in an organic fashion? Two weeks later…
There are signs all around us. There’s good people and good spirits in this universe to guide you in your journey. And someone was looking out for me as I naturally arrived here and made it a point to park my car nearby and stroll right in. And stroll I did. This area is even more spectacular than I envisioned.
I was hoping in the back of my mind, there would be an obscure tea to write about. Otherwise, a coffee would suffice. After poking around for a few seconds, I noticed a sign in the back for a special in-house tea. I asked the friendly staff member what that was. She mentioned it was their homemade black tea with pineapple, orange juice, and spices. On a 90+ degree day I actually asked if I should have it chilled or warmed. Moving right along…
The pastry set-up was stunning. Even on a smoldering day, I had to get something to pair with this exciting new tea I was about to have. After passing on the almond croissant (which is extremely popular), I went with the blueberry oat bar.
I’ll get right to it after all this dramatic build-up. The tea refreshed me to my core. And my blueberry sweet treat complemented my cup perfectly.
I took my sweet (see what I did?) time with everything. I took a lot of pictures and wish I could post them all. Literally across both side of the street were homes. I imagine the values of these properties are high and not close to my means. Maybe in the next life. But I felt so comfortable and so at home with these surroundings.
Some memories and stories are too good be shared. They’re meant to be kept internal. I debated on whether or not to write about this but I think I’d regret it if I hadn’t.
My main reason is my love for local businesses has been heightened with this blog. I’ve always preferred family run shoppes versus the big box stores. I imagine many people share my sentiment. For as long as I can recall it’s always been my modus operandi.
Along those lines, my attachments and affinity for small towns, beautiful streets, and a sense of community is what I yearn for. Bakers and Co. encompasses all of the above, and then some.
The people working the counter were amazing. The quaintness of this all is worthy of romanticizing.
If you’re in the vicinity, I cannot recommend this place enough. There’s comforting outdoor seating as my photos have hopefully captured. And my intent was to show the beautiful surroundings. I can only hope I did it justice. And I can only hope that future visits will be just as inspiring.
Take good care,