Bye Bye Blackbird



Dear Blackbird Bakery,

For the last three months you’ve been a welcome refuge for this Kiwi who is far from home and in need of coffee and cakes and company on a daily basis.  You’ve become my home from home and I love you for that and for so many other things.

I love the little conversations that I’ve had with you while you got my coffee (in a china cup) and that you asked my name and smiled and said hello every day.

I love your high ceilings and art deco lights and Sinatra on the stereo. I love that you let me sit for hours writing and watching people decide whether they want a brownie stack or a glazed doughnut or a macaron (or two). I want to tell them that it doesn’t matter what they choose, they’re all amazing. (I did my best to try everything but to be honest I couldn’t get past the cannoli.) I love that the Blackbird is a happy place.

I love that you stayed open when lots of others didn’t when the mother-of -all-snow storms paid Bristol a visit.  I was the crazy person out walking as the snow came down and I appreciated a mug of hot chocolate and a warm spot in front of your fire before I slogged my way home.

I love that you invite musicians and photographers and painters into your space so that they can showcase their talents. I love that you spell doughnut with all its letters.

Of course I love that you bake everything from scratch and take pride in using only the best ingredients and that your trays of creamy, colourful, cakes and slices and squares make children squeal. I love that people come to fuel up before work, to share birthdays and first dates, to study or work, or just to read by the fire.

Most of all I love that you love what you do and I will miss you.



Categories: An American Adventure

11 replies

  1. And I LOVE this !!
    Best testimonial ever and I hope to get to visit one day .


  2. Wow! That sounds like something out of You’ve Got Mail.


  3. Donna, this is GREAT! And gives me a new appreciation for being able to experience the Blackbird Bakery whenever I get a hankerin’ for something delicious. By the time stamp on your post, it looks like you may already be home in NZ, but come back to Bristol when you can!


  4. Hi Lisa, I am on my way back home but am taking the long way via Charleston, Savannah, New Orleans, Chicago and LA (and lots of places in-between). I am definitely going to pop back to Bristol and the Blackbird one last time. You don’t know how lucky you are!


  5. Ahh.. don’t you just love that place. I miss so much of my home (near Bristol) when I’m away – which is most of the time. I’m so glad to see that there are others who appreciate it and it’s little gems as much as I do. I’m sure they will miss you as well. 🙂


  6. As a Blackbird employee, I know we loved having you and we will miss you!



  1. A crazy chef served me a beef doughnut and I ate it all – The Local Tourist

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