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Business

Glen Ellyn's Blackberry Market to expand into former Riviera Jewelers

Glen Ellyn Village Board approves grants for project

Blackberry Market owner Anna Davidson (far right) stands next to her staff on the patio of the business at 401 N. Main St. in downtown Glen Ellyn. The market, which opened in 2012, will expand to keep up with demand for its products, which include homemade cinnamon rolls.
Blackberry Market owner Anna Davidson (far right) stands next to her staff on the patio of the business at 401 N. Main St. in downtown Glen Ellyn. The market, which opened in 2012, will expand to keep up with demand for its products, which include homemade cinnamon rolls.

GLEN ELLYN – In the past five years, people have been flocking to Blackberry Market in downtown Glen Ellyn for its fresh cinnamon rolls and other homemade products.

To keep up with demand, the store – located at 401 N. Main St. – will be building a bakery kitchen and adding seating. The store will be expanding into the space at 409 N. Main St., formerly occupied by Riviera Jewelers.

"Right now, our bakery team has been sharing space with our current kitchen and with some of our front-of-house counter space," Blackberry Market chef and owner Anna Davidson said. "We're putting in a dedicated bakery so that they have their own space, and we can have more staff and more space to make more product."

Davidson said the store has outgrown its current space. The Glen Ellyn resident opened the market and cafe in December 2012 with her husband, Bob.

At its Aug. 28 meeting, the Glen Ellyn Village Board approved a $15,000 Facade Improvement Award and a $15,000 Downtown Retail Interior Improvement Award for the expansion.

The project is a long time coming.

"We've wanted to do a bakery expansion for a long time," Davidson said. "It's a big part of our business and has been a really successful part of what we do. We've been talking about it for a few years. We looked into some other options, but we were kind of waiting for this [space] to become available. This was really the best choice."

She is hopeful the expansion will be done by October. As part of the project, the store also will update its coffee bar.

"We want to add an area to put in some taps," Davidson said. "We're hoping to do some nitro and iced coffee. We already serve beer and wine, but we're going to expand that menu and do some cocktails."

Since opening, Davidson said Blackberry Market has been well-received by the community. She said the store probably sees 5,000 to 6,000 customers a week.

"I definitely think we're filling a niche that wasn't filled before," Davidson said. "One of the things that I love – and I think that it's part of the reasons why the community loves us too – is that we have created a space where people can gather for lots of different reasons, whether they are meeting a client for the first time or grabbing coffee with a friend."

The store also sells its baked goods in the coffee shop in the Metra train station in downtown Glen Ellyn. She said the store is "super passionate" about the products it sells.

"You get both – great food and a comfortable place to hang out," Davidson said.

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