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Aunt B's Bakery ready to roll posted on 07/30/2020

Belinda Torres worked long nights behind the scenes as the Dragonfly Bakery’s master baker for the last two years. Now she is making good on her long-standing agreement with the Dragonfly Bakery’s owner Rory Klingbeil and taking over ownership of the bakery.

“I’ve always been the baker. I opened it from day one,” Torres said about her involvement with the business. “It’s all me.”

On June 15, Torres became the official owner of the bakery located at 24525 E. Welches Road. The bakery has been renamed Aunt B’s Country Mountain Bakery and is now operated with new hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

“I chose the name cause I’m a country-style cook,” Torres said. She and Klingbeil opened the Dragonfly Bakery in July 2018 with the plan for Torres to eventually purchase the business.

“Rory (Klingbeil) called me at two in the morning one night and said, ‘B you need a bakery,’” Torres said. At the time she was working for Klingbeil at the Dragonfly Café and Bakery baking pastries and waiting tables.

Torres said she initially didn’t think she could afford to start her own business.

Klingbeil offered to establish the bakery if Torres would agree to buy the business after two years of running the operation.

Now as the new owner, Torres continues to work 16-hour days preparing food for the bakery and supplying baked goods for other local businesses. Torres runs Aunt B’s with her husband, Tony Graham, who operates the bakery during business hours.

“It’s a scary process, but I’m excited,” Torres said about assuming ownership during the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In an effort to provide fresh-made food at an affordable price during the pandemic, Aunt B’s offers a “Heat and Eat” menu of take-home dinners for preorder and pick-up. Preorder options include baby back ribs, pot pies and chicken and dumplings, as well as a selection of sides and fresh-made breads.

The take home menu is rotated every ten weeks to include new additions and the pastry case features new options daily.

“They call me the scone lady,” Torres said, laughing when asked about her signature baked goods. She added that “cheesecake pillows,” or cheesecake baked in puff pastry, a “lemonburst” scone and a pound-plus breakfast sandwich served on a bacon-cheddar-jalapeno biscuit were other customer favorites that are available daily.

The bakery is currently only offering to-go items due to social distancing requirements. Torres has seen a steady weekly increase in take-home orders with new customers coming from nearby communities including Estacada, Boring and Sandy.

The bakery offers free coffee to on-duty first responders including local police, fire department and emergency medical technicians.

“We’re there for them,” Torres stated. “They’re out there doing important things in the community. We feel they deserve something.”

Aunt B’s updated “heat and eat” menu is available on the bakery’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/greatscones. The bakery can be reached by phone at 503-564-9285.

By Ben Simpson/MT

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