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Mihaela’s Bakery, Grand Junction’s newest bakery, offers European tastes

Brittany Markert
bmarkert@gjfreepress.com

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WHAT: Mihaela’s Bakery

WHERE: 150 W. Main St., Grand Junction

WHEN: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

COST: $

INFO: Find Mihaela’s Bakery on Facebook

Taste European pastries without having to jump over the pond at Mihaela’s Bakery. It’s located near Mesa County Courthouse and walking distance from downtown, at 150 W. Main St., in Grand Junction. It officially opened Sept. 15.

According to Mihaela Chiriloaia, she moved to Grand Junction 15 years ago from Romania with her two sons and husband through a work visa lottery and has been here ever since.

“I like everything about Grand Junction,” she said.

Chiriloaia grew up baking and cooking. And, with help from the Grand Junction Incubator Center last year, she got her small business up and running.

“I found this place and decided it was time to open my own place,” Chiriloaia said. “I enjoy baking.”

Mihaela’s Bakery features mostly European-style goods along with freshly baked breads and bagels. It’s currently a one-woman business, though Chiriloaia’s son often helps.

Pastries include baklava ($1.25/piece), turnovers ($1.99/piece), spanakopita — spinach and cheese, “a local favorite” Chiriloaia said — ($2.39/piece), bagels and more. The bakery also sells fresh baked bread including rye, wheat, sourdough, and challah ($4.99 per loaf).

Chiriloaia additionally bakes many pies and cakes, including the ever-popular tiramasu ($3.99/slice), frangipani pie, cannoli ($.99 each), diplomat pie ($2.99/slice) and amadina (a chocolate cake, $1.99 per slice). Chocolate cream pie slices cost $1.99 each.

“Business has been very good and I have been very busy so far,” Chiriloaia said.

“If you want to sample anything just ask me.”

Mihaela’s Bakery is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., and some Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information, find the bakery on Facebook.


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