Miran and Fred Schang were so happy about the warm welcome they received after moving to Bellingham, they made sure to incorporate that attitude into their new business.
The couple opened Iron Rooster Bakery on June 9 at 1208 10th St. in Fairhaven, near Archer Ale House. Miran Schang is the pastry baker and was trained at the French Culinary Institute (now the International Culinary Center) in New York City. She worked at a variety of places in New York, including Amy’s Bread as the executive pastry chef and as a pastry chef at Inside Park at St. Barts.
The bakery will feature a variety of items including croissants, danishes, pies, cookies and muffins. There will also be some gluten free options and the bakery will serve Bellingham’s Camber Coffee. Miran Schang said she might consider adding items like soups and sandwiches, but for now she wants to create great pastries.
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With a desire to get away from the hectic New York City lifestyle, Miran and Fred moved to Bellingham about 18 months ago to be closer to family. After buying a home, they quickly met neighbors and people around town who welcomed them.
“It’s great how nice people are in Bellingham,” Fred Schang said. “We love living here, and the bakery is a way for us to show our appreciation to everyone we’ve met.”
While remodeling the former hair salon space, the couple gave away some 2,000 sample cookies during Ski to Sea. Last week they also gave away samples to people who wandered in, curious about what the bakery offered.
The Iron Rooster name, by the way, comes from a rooster statue that came with the Bellingham house they bought. They plan on having it as a regular visitor at the bakery.
The bakery is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, closed on Mondays. Details can be found on the company’s Facebook page.
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