NEW PORT RICHEY — For some people, food is more than sustenance. It’s a way to kindle memories long cherished, like family dinners with delicious plates and good company. For Reyna Giler, pastry chef and owner of Main Street Bakery, it’s a chance to share her passion.
Main Street Bakery opened its doors in mid-November and has since received a hearty welcome from the community, according to José Villao, son of Giler and head of operations and communications for the bakery.
“We’ve been getting a lot of good feedback, but mostly we get folks saying it’s time we had a bakery in this area and thank you for opening,” Villao said. “That tells us we’re filling a demand and we’re happy to be in that position.”
From sweet to savory, Main Street Bakery offers a taste of delicious pastries that pair well with a good cup of coffee. Some of the popular items that quickly disappear from its stands are spinach pies and apple cinnamon Danishes. Sprinkled on the menu are family recipes like zucchini bread and a caramel soufflé, among other South American flavors from Giler’s Ecuadorian upbringing.
This month, Main Street Bakery has been promoting a soup and mini-sandwich special from noon to 3 p.m. with Giler offering her own spin on classic soups such as chicken noodle. In the new year, the bakery will try its hand at a specialty savory item called “ayaca” in Spanish, which is a stuffed dumpling wrapped in a plantain leaf and steamed in broth.
“I’m from a farm in Ecuador, and I was always surrounded by gatherings for large family meals,” Giler said. “I’m the last of 14 children. Baking and cooking were a big deal. It’s where my passion for this really started. Birthdays and holidays always were impressionable to me.”
Since Giler’s arrival to the United States in the 1980s, owning her own pastry business was a dream that finally came to fruition this year. With the support of her son and grandson, José and Antonio, Main Street Bakery delivers a smile with every bite. Villao said working with his mom has been a privilege, and he has enjoyed the opportunity to start a new venture with someone so talented.
Although baking was not among Villao’s first interests when joining his mom’s business, he said she has been teaching him how to make some of her recipes.
“For me, it’s very special because it gives me an opportunity to help her achieve her goals that she’s been working toward for so very long,” Villao said. “I consider myself pretty lucky.”
Giler added, “Working with family has shown us to take pride and ownership in delivering the best possible experience to our customers.”
Giler’s talents as a pastry chef quickly spread through word of mouth when the family was living in Tampa. Villao said people would ask her for holiday cookies and other items. Now in her new home of New Port Richey, Giler’s natural talent and expertise from a culinary education offers patrons a taste of something extraordinary that is hard to find anywhere else. Giler said she looks forward to growing the business and meeting further demand.
Main Street Bakery is at 5500 Main St., Suite No. 115, New Port Richey. Its hours are from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, call 727-645-6984.