June 28, 2007
Things Turn Stale at Bakery

Display cases still are filled with cookies and cakes, but the door is locked, the "closed" sign is hanging in a front window, and Cindy Philipp has called it a day for her Philipp's Bakery at 3300 Folsom Blvd.

Today's abrupt afternoon closing ends at least temporarily the saga of Philipp's Bakery, a Sacramento landmark since 1925.

Business has been fine, says Cindy Philipp, but she decided to close the bakery when she couldn't renegotiate a more favorable lease with her landlords - her husband Harry and his three sisters. "It was time for me to lock the door and go," says Cindy Philipp.

Julius Philipp, her husband's father, operated the business from 1946 until he retired and sold the bakery in 1982. It closed in December 2003, but was resurrected the following year by a partnership that included Harry and Cindy Philipp. In September 2004 she took over the bakery on her own.

She's uncertain of her plans beyond a backlog of wedding cakes she is obligated to fill. "I have a year's worth of wedding cakes on the calendar that I'm working through." Some she will bake and decorate at Philipp's until her lease soon expires, others she likely will prepare at other commercial kitchens. "I'm not sure my life in this business is over, but it's over in this piece of property."

She had 10 employees who also are plotting new futures.

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