Olde Tyme Pastries opened its doors on May 1, 1981, bringing with it a delicious selection of cakes, cookies, pies and other desserts that the Turlock community has grown to love over the last 35 years. Formerly located in the back corner of Geer Gardens, the bakery moved up to its current location 20 years ago and has never looked back.
The bakery often offers treats that resonate with the Turlock community, such as their popular Kaepernick cookies during the Turlock native’s playoff runs and recent “deflated” cookies in light of the cheating allegations against the New England Patriots.
Olde Tyme employee Terri Coonce has been with the bakery since its early beginnings and credits the shop’s success to one thing: faithful customers.
“We have a huge clientele,” said Coonce. “We have customers that are here every single day and we know exactly where they’re going to sit. We have repeat, returning customers and we appreciate that.”
Along with the customers, another thing that remains constant for Olde Tyme includes their baker, who has created culinary masterpieces for the shop for 27 years, and the long-time cake decorators whose handwriting has become a familiar Olde Tyme staple.
The style of cake decorating and recipes have changed the most over the years, said Coonce, with health-conscious recipes becoming more common-place.
“The trans fat thing is an issue and we’ve rethought our formulas to incorporate that,” said Coonce. “We’ve had to revamp everything.”
Though some recipes have changed, Olde Tyme’s most popular items remain the same. Their pineapple cream cheese coffee cakes fly off the shelves, and according to Coonce, Turlock has a sweet tooth for “anything chocolate.”
Olde Tyme Pastries’ anniversary celebration will be held in the bakery all day on Saturday. There will be samples of cupcakes and other treats, and customers will have the opportunity to spin a raffle wheel for a chance to win a prize basket valued at $110 and other Olde Tyme logo items.