David Glass and his wife, Vivie - dessert makers par excellence - have opened a "pop-up bakery" in subleased space in South Windsor, CT. Baking during the week to satisfy demand, "Vivie and David Glass' Delicious Desserts" is opening on Saturdays only from 9 am to 4:30 pm with tastings and retail sales.
Saturday December 4th was the first day of retail operation. Maryanne and I had planned to be there at the opening, but a prior engagement meant that we didn't arrive until about noon.
400 Chapel Street in South Windsor is one of those small light-industrial condos that have cropped up here and there all over the Connecticut River Valley in recent years. The facilities look almost like a strip mall, but there are fewer windows and barely enough parking for employees. There was a steady of stream of cars into the entrance and although no signs were posted, one of the "storefronts" had a door standing open. It had to be the place; there were a lot of folks milling around, but as many of them were leaving - emptyhanded - as were coming in. I walked in to find a somewhat embarrassed man (not David Glass) explaining that the five hundred desserts the Glasses had prepared were sold out before 11 am and there was nothing left to purchase at the shop. There was a sign on the door:
If there were any doubts that the Greater Hartford area appreciates and misses the Glasses' baked treats, Saturday should be sufficient to quell them. Disappointed customers being turned away were told that next week, the Glasses plan to have "three times" as many desserts with them.
Unfortunately, we have another prior engagement next Saturday as well. If any of you manage to score a Delicious Dessert by Vivie and David Glass, feel free to send me a gloating email detailing the exquisiteness of your tasty morsel.