Sweet news in Chestnut Hill: Rosie's remains open

Although the original Rosie's Bakery in Inman Square shut for good this weekend, the Chestnut Hill Rosie's - and the stand in South Station - remain open, co-owner Judy Rosenberg reports. A note about the closing that was posted in Chestnut Hill did not make it clear it applied only to the Inman Square shop.

In e-mail, Rosenberg explains what happened as bakery sales continued to increase:

As Rosie’s Bakery grew in popularity and demand for product increased, Rosie’s started its own commissary. Years later, it became more prudent to utilize the services of a larger commercial kitchen owned by Finale Boston. Rosie’s bake staff became part of that operation, and that operation continued to be led by Rosie’s long-time Production Manager.

Until recently, Finale had been delivering Rosie’s products on a daily basis and, as always, all cookies and breakfast items are baked in the stores throughout the day. Rosie’s standard for high quality baked goods has always been maintained. Unfortunately, Finale’s production kitchen is no longer operating. On very short notice, Rosie’s owners have put all of their efforts into finding a new supplier to produce their beloved recipes, in order to continue operating the Chestnut Hill and South Station locations. In the meantime, Rosie’s team is busy baking as many batches as they can of their award winning Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip cookies and other customer favorites for everyone to enjoy!

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When you go to a bakery that bills itself as such there is an implied understanding that the baked goods are produced in house--either in the location itself or in a production kitchen somewhere else and then delivered to the location.

The fact that they're looking for a subcontractor to produce their recipes makes me much less excited about their product.

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Rosie's has really revealed

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Rosie's has really revealed its true nature with these notes they've posted. They've made it very clear that, despite continuing to project the image of being a neighborhood bakery where goods were baked on-site, they have been little more than a storefront behind which a large commercial-scale operation has been churning out baked goods en masse. Second, by choosing to close their original Inman Square location, with zero notice to its neighborhood clientele, while keeping their other (probably more lucrative, definitely less neighborhood-based) outposts open, they're further revealing the true large-scale commercial nature of their business. Sad to see a neighborhood institution succumb to corporate greed.

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Paranoia... it's what's for dinner!

They are a business. They were baking some of their goods on site (as it clearly says in the note) and they were using a larger commercial bakery -- with their own employees and production manager -- as demand increased. Perfectly reasonable for a business as popular as Rosie's who wants to (a) serve as many customers as possible and (b) remain a profitable business.

You may have been under the impression that everything was being baked by elves or oompa-loompas in the back room, but that's completely irrelevant to reality.

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Have you run a business?

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I can understand that you are upset and disappointed. I now live eight hours away, and I was disappointed too! I am relieved to find that Rosie's will continue, if in an altered form.

As to the deception and/or 'corporate greed'- I don't recall any indication that everything was made on premises, and really, where would there be room? I admit the phrasing of the note was odd, as 'supplier' might be totally disconnected, which was not and may not be the case. And where is the 'greed'? Seems like there is money being lost, not made.

Please, consider that coming close to losing the business they have been running for decades is not anyone's first choice.

Rosie's, thanks for all the sweetness past and more to come!

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If they have to close some

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If they have to close some locations and keep one open, why the heck shouldn't they keep the more profitable one?

Jeez. It's not like they sold out to Wal-Mart or something.

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the Inman Square location was

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the Inman Square location was their commissary- that's where everything was made when they made their own baked goods. everything was shipped out from there including wedding cakes. they used to have wholesale accounts themselves that they baked for.

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