The Loleta Bakery has closed its doors, at least for now, due to a serious illness in the family. Over the phone, Linnea Hill, who ran the bakery with her mother, owner Jeanne van der Zee, said, "We're so sad. Our reasons have to do with personal family illness and that's where we need to be focusing our attention right now ... Closing the bakery doors is one of the most heartbreaking decisions we have made as a family." While the van der Zee's have been talking about closing for some time, they made the final decision this week. The family is not ruling out a return, but Hill said, "Right now we can't really think about a timeline for reopening the bakery."
On the answering machine at the café and bakery van der Zee says that "it is with a heavy heart" that they have closed their doors and thanks the community. The bakery was set to expand — a plan its website still says is in motion — which made the closure all the more surprising to locals who saw the sign on the door this morning.