As I was stepping out of my car, the smell of baking bread caught my attention. I can’t think of a better way to lure costumers into a business. Metropol bakery is located on Willamette St. in a small strip mall. If I wasn’t looking for it, I think I would have looked right past it. It only takes up a small sliver of the aisle of stores, but the bakery makes its statement with large orange stucco pillars framing the entrance. When I entered the bakery, I was surprised by the large amount of customers the business attracts at 2 PM on a Monday. I found my place in line, and I was quickly drawn to all of the delicious looking cakes and pies. I narrowed down my choices to an apple crumble pie, vanilla cheesecake, and Marion berry pie. I would have liked to eat them all, but unfortunately my stomach can only get so big. I went with the apple crumble, which is made with local apples, and I believe it was the right choice.
Besides cakes and pies, the bakery sells other sweets, such as tarts and scones, drinks, and over 10 different types of freshly baked breads. The atmosphere was very calm and relaxing. Three males sitting at different tables began talking to each other and were still in deep conversation when I left. An elderly couple read the paper and did the crossword while sipping on coffee and tea. The bakery seemed like a perfect place to have a relaxing moment with a loved one, friends, or family. In a time of economic troubles, the menu items at Metropol bakery are affordable luxuries.
The bakery is decorated with a Mediterranean feel. The warm colors of the wall and palm trees are calming. Large paintings of different styles hang on the walls. A plaque that has the title and painter’s name accompanies each painting. It is a nice touch that they recognize the artists and allow visitors to learn a little art in the meantime.
I left Metropol bakery with a full stomach and every intention that I will be back.