New Bread Box Bakery serving up artisanal creations

New Bread Box Bakery serving up artisanal creations

George and Deborah Brown, of North Smithfield, have opened Bread Box Bakery on Mineral Spring Ave., hoping to bring something new to the neighborhood by offering artisanal breads and craft pastries, made by Johnson & Wales graduate Elizabeth Fink. (Breeze photo by Nicole Dotzenrod)

NORTH PROVIDENCE – Marieville is now home to Bread Box Bakery, an artisanal bakery serving handcrafted breads and pastries, made fresh every day with local ingredients.

Bread Box, located at 1101 Mineral Spring Ave. across from Stop & Shop, opened its doors last month. It’s a dream realized for owner George Brown, an engineer by trade who said he always wanted to open his own bakery. The dream was stalled when Brown suffered a heart attack in 2016, but plans were again set in motion last spring when his childhood friend called to tell Brown he found the perfect location for his bakery near the North Providence/Pawtucket line.

Brown’s wife Deborah, an accountant, crunched the numbers. “When he first said he wanted to do this, I thought he was out of his mind,” she said, laughing. “But he was so passionate. I said, ‘let’s do it,’ and here we are.”

Her husband enthusiastically describes the day’s menu to patrons.

“We have pan breads – whole wheat, rye and cinnamon raisin, focaccia loaves, breads stuffed with olives, jalapeño, cheddar, blue cheese and walnut. Do you want a taste? You can’t get this anywhere else,” he asks, proudly displaying a cranberry and rosemary sourdough.

The offerings at the Bread Box, which include craft pastries such as croissants, scones, cookies and brownies, turnovers and biscotti, are baked fresh each morning by Johnson & Wales University graduate Elizabeth Fink, who creates and uses her own original recipes.

If you’re looking for a traditional Italian bakery, Bread Box is not the place for you. “You can get Italian bread or pizza strips and dough at eight different locations in a three-mile radius,” George said. “In a 50-mile radius you won’t find a bakery like this.”

“We wanted to bring something to the neighborhood that they haven’t seen before,” he said. “We’re an artisanal bakery focused on craftsmanship. When you cut into a croissant, the middle will be perfect. If it doesn’t come out perfect, the baker throws it out.”

In addition to artisanal breads and craft pastries, Bread Box is now serving hot, cold-brew and nitro coffee on tap, brewed by Pawtucket-based Downeast Coffee Roasters. For those looking for something that packs less of a punch, Bread Box also carries fresh milk from Wright’s Dairy Farm, and products from Yacht Club Soda.

George and Deborah, who live in North Smithfield and have two adult children named Christopher and Victoria, said they’re looking forward to connecting with people in the community.

“We want to make people happy. Bread makes people happy,” said Deborah.

Bread Box is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays.

Comments

The breadbox is a perfect example of the Marieville renaissance occurring. My wife and I stopped by this weekend and bought some amazing bread and pastries. The owners were helpful and gave us amazing recommendations.