Deanna Bell and Colin Hall have sold the Pastry Peddler in Millbrook.
The couple made the announcement on their Facebook page on Thursday (October 26).
“We have sold our business — our pride and joy!” the couple write. “It’s a bittersweet time for us, sad and happy all at the same time. We are excited for new beginnings not only for ourselves but for Pastry Peddler.”
The new owners are Wendy and Mark Bannerman, known for their high-end women’s retail boutique on Charlotte Street in Peterborough.
The Bannermans will take over ownership of the popular café and bakery on November 27, although Bell and Hall say they will continue to be present at the business until December 23 to help with the transition.
After several years of selling at local farmers’ markets, Bell and Hall opened the Pastry Peddler at 17 King Street in 2010, with the name coming from Hall, a pastry chef and avid cyclist.
“I sat with that name for a long time until I eventually met Deanna and we created the space that is now known as the Pastry Peddler today,” Hall said in a 2021 interview with Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development.
“We wanted to create a space where people came together to celebrate good food and a feeling of togetherness,” Bell added.
Best known for is pastries, coffees, soups, and breakfast and lunch menu, the Pastry Peddler is a popular destination not only for Millbrook residents but for cyclists on a popular cycling route stopping to refuel. In 2021, the Ontario By Bike network named Pastry Peddler as one of the best bicycle-friendly businesses in the Kawarthas Northumberland tourism region.
“We take great pride in what we have built with the help of past and present employees and our support systems but it’s time to pass the torch to the new owners,” Bell and Hall write on Facebook. “We want to congratulate Mark and Wendy and wish them the very best. We are happy with their vision and passion to keep Pastry Peddler thriving in this amazing community.”
Bell and Hall also thanked their customers for their patronage and loyalty over the years.
“The relationships we have built professionally and personally are something we hold so close and it has been such an incredible experience to be part of this community.”