Judy Culich has been a long time regular customer of Orland Park Bakery, especially for the cinnamon raisin bread.
“I can’t come home without it,” Culich said, a few minutes before she picked up her first loaf from the bakery’s new location at 14850 S. LaGrange Road.
Culich, an Oak Forest resident, has been coming to the bakery since she first moved to the area in 1987, relying on the bakery not just for their skills with bread.
“I’ve always gotten fabulous service here,” Culich said. “That’s one of the reasons why we get our birthday cakes here.”
On Friday, she was among dozens of supporters flowing steadily in and out of the bakery, fresh goods in tow, as a grand opening at the new location was held.
With the help of state and federally mandated payout money from the Village of Orland Park, as part of an eminent domain agreement to take over the Orland Plaza on Feb. 14, the bakery was able to expand into a larger space.
The new space is about 6,400 square-feet compared to the 3,750 square-foot former home in the Orland Plaza for the last 40 years. While the new space is larger and more open than their former location, the signature smells of fresh pastries, breads, cookies, cakes and other baked goods already permeated the store front Friday morning.
“It’s a really good and rewarding feeling to see so many customers come with us,” said general manager Dan Major. “This is better than we expected, and more than what we hoped for.”
Plans for the Other Businesses
The florist will be reopening in March at 11229 W. 143rd Street, just west of Wolf Road near CVS Pharmacy. The business was allowed to stay in the plaza through February into March to not interfere with important Valentine’s Day sales, according to village documents.
The jewelry store, appraiser and repair service is moving to 9428 W. 143rd Street, on the east side of LaGrange Road.
For information, call 708-302-9190.
The business has spread current transactions out among its four other area locations, including three in Orland Park (8110 143rd Street, 14302 Will Cook Road and 15872 Wolf Road) and one in Tinley Park at 17702 Oak Park Avenue. Their seamstress is located at the Tinley Park store.
The shoe store is temporarily located at 16131 S. LaGrange Road, the former site of a New Balance shoe store that moved across the street. Plans are underway to build a new four-unit shopping plaza on the northwest corner of LaGrange Road and 144th Place, where Miroballi Shoes will permanently relocate.
The café has moved to Oak Lawn where it was renamed Stacked, though working with the same staff as before. The menu has also been updated.
Earlier in 2011, the barber shop moved to 14436 S. John Humphrey Drive, and dropped the “Plaza” from its original name.
The business reopened at 16309 S. 107th Avenue.
Left for Willow Springs.