New bakery, cafe opens in Hudson
Hudson natives Cory Boutin and Emily Erickson opened Benson's Bakery & Cafe in Hudson on Jan. 27. The two Alvirne High School graduates both spent many years working in the food service industry before opening their new cafe, which features a variety of baked goods as well as breakfast, lunch and coffee beverages. (APRIL GUILMET PHOTO)
But both of them grew up hearing stories about the park's colorful history.
She and Erickson said the decision to name their business in honor of the former zoo and modern-day public park was kind of a no-brainer.
"We'll just keep adding more," he said with a grin.
Erickson began working in bakeries at age 18, working her way up from counter assistant to assistant baker to baking manager of various local bakeries. She earned her degree in baking and pastry arts at the Culinary Institute of America in 2009.
"Hudson already has a diner. It already has restaurants," Erickson said. "But there's really no place to sit down in a comfy seat with your laptop and have a cup of coffee and a cupcake."
Friends and relatives have all pitched in to help the young couple get ready for opening day, though the plan is to eventually hire a handful of permanent employees.
Benson's Bakery & Café features a wide variety of bakery items, including special-occasion cakes, pies, cheesecakes, cupcakes, cookies and brownies, with several vegan and gluten-free offerings.
Using locally-sourced products is a huge priority said Erickson, who uses coffee blends from Conway's Good Vibes Coffee Roasters to brew all the cafe's beverages.
Free Wi-Fi is available to all customers.
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