Best Bakery/Pastries

Blackbird Baking Company

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Established by Tom Clark in 2009, Blackbird was one of the early entries into the craft bakery category. At this hip Lakewood shop, each rustic loaf is a one-of-a-kind creation, with loaves and loaves of focaccia, ciabatta, baguettes, challah and soda breads inhabiting the shelves. In the sweets department are airy delights like fruit tarts, sticky buns, cranberry scones, peanut butter cookies and coconut macaroons. The shop recently expanded operations to seven days a week and added a "happy hour," when products are offered at a discount during the last hour of operation to ensure that everything flies off the racks. You'll sing like a bird after pecking away at any of these delightful breads and pastries.

1391 Sloane Ave., Lakewood, 216-712-6599, blackbirdbaking.com.

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