Spotlight: Luna Bakery Cafe
Join us as we talk with Bridget Thibeault, owner of Luna Bakery Cafe, about her inspiration behind the bakery, what keeps her motivated and her commitment to staying local!
How did Luna get started?
The inspiration for Luna was to open a quality, made-from-scratch pastry shop in a wonderful historic neighborhood in Cleveland Heights. Surprisingly, many bakeries in America do not bake from scratch — they finish off frozen items or use mixes. The savory food was a secondary idea, but we quickly found out that we sell just as many panini and crepes as we do pastry. The space Luna occupies was a former ice cream shop that I frequented as a child, and John & Tatyana took their kids to so it has a nostalgic element, too.
How long have you been in business?
Since June 2011.
What do you like most about your job?
The past four years have been the most challenging of my career but also the most rewarding. I have 30 employees and a big chunk of my time is spent managing staff and interacting with customers. But I do love that there is so much variety in my day. And it’s wonderful when customers tell me how happy they are that Luna is here and how we have established a little gem in the neighborhood that I grew up in.
What do you like best about working in Cleveland?
I left Cleveland for college and thought I would never move back. I stayed away for about 20 years living in Chicago and New York. Although I love both of those cities, Cleveland is home and I love being part of the revitalization. My parents are here, my oldest and dearest friends are here and I am able to have a great house for my family within 5 minutes of Luna.
What makes Luna Unique?
We bake and create fresh, natural, delicious and beautiful pastry and food. We source the best ingredients possible. Most of our recipes have very simple ingredients but are high quality and you can taste the difference. And we make sure they look amazing too. Our wedding cakes and dessert tables are gorgeous! We have true artists on staff.
What does keep it local mean to you and your business?
For me the most important part of keeping it local is having a wonderful local business in a historic neighborhood that people can enjoy. We are a destination for foodies but we also have lots of regulars and neighborhood customers. We also buy as many ingredients locally as we can.