Vergennes, Vermont is the smallest of Vermont's nine cities in terms of population. At a population of just 2,588, Vergennes also happens to be the oldest city charted in the state. Small but mighty is the best way to describe this New England city.
The town is heavily influenced by the seas of Canadian tourists that cross the borders every year to explore New England. So much so that the city even celebrates Bastille Day. However, it was a bit of a surprise that the town lacked something very central to the French culture; a bakery.
All that changed in 2010 when Vergennes Laundry opened their door, the first proper pâtisserie the city always wanted.
A Delectable Menu
Vergennes Laundry is a wood-fired bakery, espresso and wine bar. They offer a bounty of pastries such as tartes salées, gougères, canelés, financiers, chouquettes, and puff pastries. Breads are brought out and still warm from the oven...expect Pain au levain to come out of the oven around
4 PM on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Coasting into lunch, they offer fresh sandwiches served on their signature baguette, rye tartines cheese boards and oysters. A well-curated offering of teas, coffees, and wines rounds out their menu offering and helps create a unique dining experience in this humble New England city.
Vergennes Laundry resides in the former laundromat located right on Main Street and just before crossing Otter Creek. Co-owned and operated by husband-and-wife team, Julianne Jones and Didier Murat, they felt their was a need for the offering in a city with such strong Gallic traditions.
The duo turned to Kickstarter to get the project off the ground, and successfully reached their funding goal.
Today they have the praise of customers far and wide, even a few laundromat-seekers turned unintentional enthusiasts.