March 10, 2013

New owner, new location for Rambach's

PLATTSBURGH — New owner, new location, same great taste.

April Brown is the new owner of Rambach’s Bakery and Fudge, now located at 65 South Peru St. on the south end of the City of Plattsburgh. She bought the business from Kristof Hertel in January and moved to the new location.

“I thought it was time for a change,” Brown said, noting it had been at the Cornelia Street location for more than 30 years.

Starting when she was 16, Brown worked with Jerry and Joan Rambach for 18 years during the time they owned the business. 

“I learned to dip cookies. Jerry would always tell me, ‘faster, faster,’” she said.

After a hiatus, she also spent the last 18 months working for Hertel.

There are seven people who work in the bakery. It is largely a family affair as her niece, Jamie Bingham, is the manager; a nephew, David Senecal, is a baker; and her sister, Judy Provost, helps her with cake decoration.

An additional, Julian McDonald, made the move from the Cornelia Street location.

Thursday, Jerry was busy baking, as he has for years. Brown said he continues to move around the bakery as fast as ever.

“Jerry has come out of retirement to help me. He’s giving me all kinds of hints and tips,” she said.

That has provided a chance to bring back some of his original recipes, including the secret Australian Tea Cake formula.

The shop offers pastries, cookies, cakes, pies, chocolates, fudge, tourtiere and quiche. Coffee and tea are also available.

“We’re famous for our holiday cookie trays,” she said.

Brown noticed the new location as she drove by and stopped to talk with the owner. She liked the open and bright interior, which allows customers the chance to see the tasty recipes come to fruition.

It also allows for easier access than the previous location. They are bringing in new customers from the south end of the city.

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