PELHAM, N.Y. -- After 17 years, former Manhattan lawyer Lisa Neubardt said goodbye to law firm life and pursued her dream of owning and running a local community bakery. On Friday, June 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., The Bakery at Four Corners in Pelham Manor will celebrate its 10th anniversary.
During its decade in business the bakery has evolved from a small breakfast place to a destination spot for kids, parents, contractors, nannies and everyone in-between to come enjoy what Neubardt defines as "happiness."
From her first day in business, the bakery’s mission has been to provide a safe, comfortable, and happy place for anyone who visits. Neubardt, a Pelham resident, said she prides herself on offering a presence in the community beyond what's offered on the menu. During the events of Hurricane Sandy, for example, the bakery offered community members everything from outlets to charge cellphones, Wi-Fi to submit college applications, and the simple comfort of warm treats and welcoming smiles.
As a sole woman owner with no formal culinary education in a field of predominately family-based and male-owned shops, she said it hasn't always been easy to to find her way, especially at the beginning.
"Time, patience and attention to detail are the keys to continued growth and productivity," she said.
She admitted that while owning the bakery is extremely fulfilling, it, like any small business, comes with a host of pressures. "For every cake that came out just right, for every perfectly made egg sandwich or cappuccino, there have been an equal number of mistakes," she said.
Over the years Neubardt said she's learned to slow down, not rush decisions, always be mindful of the budget and most importantly, speak up when not being treated appropriately.
On June 24 she's planning special ‘happiness’ selections to all who visit, along with a small treat to take home.
The bakery is at 4668 Boston Post Rd., (914) 738-8604, www.bakeatfourcorners.com/ .