When it comes to bakeries in town, there’s nothing that
quite compares to Copenhagen Bakery, which customers describe as little piece
of Europe that found its way to Northport.
The local favorite celebrated its 15th anniversary Thursday.
Flemming Hansen, originally from Denmark, started his career as a baker at age 16. He eventually became a master baker, working around the country in Danish shops from California, where he met his wife and co-owner, Stacey, to right here in Northport.
The pair has five children together and in their business life, has become a sweet sensation in town.
“Every day it gets busier,” Flemming said.
While the sweets, breads, soups, sandwiches, coffee and more draw customers in the door, it’s the experience that keeps them coming back.
“People come here because they know they’ll see their friends and because of how it makes them feel to be here,” Stace said. “I love the community. It makes what we do worth it.”
The owners are well known for their community involvement, including an active role in the local food pantry, Chamber of Commerce and the bakery’s float at the Cow Harbor Parade. Flemming even participates in the polar bear plunge every year for charity.
The fact that the Hansens are so involved with the community they work in is even more impressive considering the bakery’s 24-hour operation. Manager Carol Sauer said that some of the staff arrive as early as 1 a.m. to start preparing for the day.
“It’s constant change and growth,” she said about the bakery’s run over the last 15 years.
While the bakery has expanded, both in size and offerings, some things do remain the same including the staff and recipes. Much of the bakery’s staff has been with Copenhagen since it opened, including Sauer, who has managed the business for 14 years.
“The best part is being a part of a small community and running a business,” Flemming said.
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