With some exception, long gone are becoming the days of the neighborhood bakery. You probably have fond memories from your childhood when mom and dad took you to the local bakery — a building slightly resembling that of a dive bar — on weekend mornings after soccer practice or Sunday service. The air filling your lungs with sweet, buttery goodness as you crammed into a space the size of a shoebox while anxiously awaiting to be served by someone that could’ve easily been your grandmother. Such is Lubeley’s Bakery & Deli.
Beloved neighborhood bakeries may be more difficult to find these days as they slowly become extinct. The genesis for this post is due to the unfortunate news that one of our favorite German sweet shops, Lubeley’s Bakery & Deli, is closing its doors after eight decades. We repeat, 80 YEARS!
Lubeley’s Bakery & Deli is tucked away from the glitz and glamour of today’s boutique sweet shops in the Marlborough neighborhood. Having opened in 1937 in their original location near Kingshighway and Christy Boulevard, Lubeley’s moved a couple of times before settling in their final location on Watson Road.
Lubeley’s Bakery & Deli is best known for its variety of German-style cakes (the German Chocolate Cake is to die for!), danishes, and breads, as well as wedding and birthday cakes, themed cookies, and doughnuts. Our personal favorites are the Butterfly pastries and Deep Crumb Cake. If you are a fan of Gooey Butter Cake, the Deep Crumb Cake slightly resembles a freeze-dried version, and we mean that in the most amazing way.
There are no cutesy light installations spelling out “CAKE,” no chandeliers, no rustic furniture … just vinyl flooring, wired shelving, and a nearly century long passion for cranking out incredibly delicious baked goods.
Upon hearing the news of their upcoming September 30 closure, we knew we had to pay Lubeley’s Bakery & Deli one final visit. There was hardly a danish or doughnut in sight on a Saturday mid-morning, yet the shop was packed to the gills. Like us, fellow sweet tooths were hoping to get one last taste of their beloved pastries, while many came to merely pay their respects.
Although mom-and-pop bakeries aren’t thriving like they once did, we’ll forever hold onto our deli counter ticket, waiting for Lubeley’s to call our number.
If You Go …
Note: Lubeley’s closes its doors Sept. 30, 2017
Lubeley’s Bakery & Deli
7815 Watson Road
St. Louis, MO 63119