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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Comings & Goings: Great Cakes Closing Sunday

By Dave Matlow

UPDATE (adds detail on history)  This time it’s for real.

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Flashback: It was exactly a year ago that Westporters lined up at Great Cakes to pay in advance for goods to keep the bakery in business. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Great Cakes owner Rick Dickinson said today the bakery and confectionery emporium at 772 Post Road East will close Sunday at 1 p.m. after three decades serving Westporters’ sweet tooth.

Dickinson, who took over as owner in 1994 from Max Goree, said, “It’s been 25 great years, but the last five years have been a struggle.” Great Cakes was originally created by Dale Lamberty and Kathy Farrell (Kingsley) in 1984, and the pair ran the business for four years before selling it in 1988.

A year ago when word leaked that the store was on hard times and was about to close, customers lined up to pay in advance for their goods to provide a cash cushion for Dickinson.

“Even though I was born in Pawling, N.Y., it feels like I grew up in Westport,” said Dickinson, 54, who has won fans not only for his baked goods but for his largesse in supporting community causes.

“I feel as though I’m a part of their families and they’re a part of my family,” he said today of his legions of devoted customers.

“It’s a great town because of great people.”

A year ago, Westporter Anne Levine was among those who got into a long line and opened a Great Cakes account with $100.

“While in line, I had tears in my eyes,” she said. “I felt the energy of everyone in line who were there to help a local businessman whose business was under financial stress.”

There were reports at the time that the bakery business was impacted negatively by a Westport schools ruling that cupcakes and sweets could not be brought to schools for birthday celebrations.

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Posted 01/30/14 at 05:25 PM



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Many thanks to Rick and the Great Cakes crew for years of delicious treats (especially those sticky buns!) - our Sunday mornings will never be the same without you.

And deep appreciation for your connection to the Westport community. You were an anchor sponsor to our Fire Department golf tournament and have renewed your support every year.

We will miss the gatherings and the gossip, the friends in line and the friends behind the counter.

Good job Rick, we are proud you’ve been a part of our town.

Fairwell and Godspeed.

Nate Gibbons & Lizz Marasciulo

Posted by N. W. Gibbons on January 31, 2014 at 02:43 PM | #
 

Sorry to see a landmark establishment close after 30 years. I would like to correct the information in this article: The bakery was the brainchild of Dale Lamberty and Kathy Farrell (Kingsley), who opened the doors in 1984 and ran it four 4 years before selling the business.

Kathy Kingsley

Posted by Kathy Kingsley on February 01, 2014 at 11:45 PM | #
 

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