By Jill nagy
A new bakery in Saratoga Springs has opened on Putnam Street.
After several years of baking in a rented kitchen and selling online, Alex Gaertner opened Indulgence Bakery at 63 Putnam St. The official opening took place in May.
Much of her business is still done online, but Gaertner said she wanted to be able to meet and talk to her customers, so she opened the shop.
She also plans classes, workshops, and parties at the new space.
House specialties include custom cakes, cupcakes, and sugar cookies.
Now that wedding season is getting into full swing, she and her staff are also creating a lot of wedding cakes. Indulgence has four employees, including Gaertner: bakers, a decorator, and someone to take orders and look after the online business.
In addition to the baked goods, Indulgence has a coffee station. Seating is outside on the patio where there are four chairs and a ledge to perch on.
The store sits back off the street and can be accessed in a walkway beside the building behind Wasabi Restaurant & Bar, whose address is also 63 Putnam St. Gaffney’s is across the walkway from the bakery.
Gaertner grew up in Schuylerville and returned to the area after a career in the corporate world living in Boston. She said that she “always had a passion for baking” and wanted to do it full time. At the moment, there are no plans for expansion.
“We’ll do this for a year or so and see how we feel after that,” she said.
Indulgence Bakery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. As the summer gets into gear, she plans to expand those hours.
People can reach the bakery at 518 212-7269 or online at www.bitesofindulgence.com.