Picture a baker’s skilled hands carefully fashioning sourdough baguettes on a floured tabletop. When the crusty golden loaves emerge from the oven, each displays its own personality. Multiply that process by a hundred thousand and place it in a 33,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art bakery that operates around the clock.
City council candidate Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft sends her dog there. So does opera singer Eileen Meredith, Dog Bone Alley’s Elizabeth Pinkerton, WABA’s Kathy Moehring, Saboor Zafari of Angela’s Bistro and Bar, Raiders head coach Tom Cable and Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter founders Nancy and Chuck Bianchi.
When John Tudal purchased the unassuming, 6,000-square-foot, three-story property across from Jack London Square in Oakland three years ago, the real estate developer thought he was merely acquiring another old office building to refurbish.
Lani Cid-Iulio looks so happy, I’m surprised she is able to sit relatively still on a wooden chair. Her expression says that while her outer self is composed, her inner self is strumming on a ukulele and at the same time shimmying around the newly-tiled floor, a couple of dozen bright lais swinging as she sways.