Detroit Evening Report: Avalon Bakery celebrates grand opening of new location

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Photo of the exterior of Avalon Bakery's new location on Canfield in Detroit, Mich on March 1, 2023.

After closing its flagship cafe in January, Avalon Bakery celebrated the opening of its newest location just a block away in Midtown Detroit.

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The coffee shop and bakery moved from Willis Street to a space inside Jolly Pumpkin brewery at 411 W. Canfield.

Jackie Victor, CEO and co-founder of Avalon International Breads, says the company decided to close its 25-year-old shop after the business took a hit during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Let’s just say there was not a lot of collaboration with the landlord in terms of upgrades,” Victor tells WDET. “And it just was time to just figure out how to do more with less.”

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Victor says the new space allows them to exponentially expand from six seats to 90. Jolly Pumpkin co-founder Jon Carlson says the two entities haven’t yet determined how rent will be split between them.

Avalon on Canfield will be open with new coffee and food menus Monday-Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Sundays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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  • Nargis Rahman
    Nargis Hakim Rahman is the Civic Reporter at 101.9 WDET. Rahman graduated from Wayne State University, where she was a part of the Journalism Institute of Media Diversity.