Downtown bakery closes

Morningside Bread and Pastry Co., located at 707 Bay St, closed its doors Jan. 5 after nine years of operating in downtown Port Orchard.

Many people made it to the bakery one final time Saturday.

But on Monday morning, only three fliers and a closing sign was tapped to the front door.

One flier posted by the owner stated: “I know an explanation would be comforting, but during this time, our family has many struggles, and after all avenues were pursued, keeping our home away from home became impossible.”

Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Coreen Haydock said the bakery’s closing was unexpected.

“It was a big surprise,” Haycock said. “They were very popular and I’m very sad to see them close.”

Haydock said in the past several years, it’s been difficult for business to survive downtown.

“It’s a challenge to get people to stop and shop downtown,” she said. “We have a lot of great businesses here.”

On the company’s page, owners Amanda and Brad Rudd posted the following message Dec. 30: “I know an explanation would be comforting. But, during this time our family has many struggles and after all avenues were pursued keeping our home away from home became impossible. We do want to tell each and every one of you, that your support over the past, almost nine years, will be something we treasure. We loved every moment. We cherish our memories, we value everything we have been taught, and we think there is nothing that can replace the wonderful feeling this place and all of you gave our family.”

Word of the closing circulated through social media, especially, and many expressed their feelings about the closure.

“Your neighbors at the library are seriously sad about your closing. Our staff meetings will never be the same! Your family and staff will be missed. Thank you for all the great cakes, doughnuts and raspberry pull-a-parts and for all you added to downtown,” Kathleen Wilson posted.

Jennifer Hardison thanked the bakery for donating surplus breads and pastries to the South Kitsap Helpline Food Bank.

“My many thanks to you for years of tasty breakfast treats,” Jesse Nice posted. “You made my time in Port Orchard significantly better, through good times and bad and all those in between. Every good wish possible for the entire family in your future adventures.”

Debbie Doll stated it was sad to lose another business in Port Orchard.

“Thank you for the times your supported our Chamber and other local businesses, and some of the wonderful family events that you’ve supported as well,” Doll posted.

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