The Crescent – Towne Post Network
French bakery Le Croissant opens in Greenwood
Writer / Fredda Kovacs |
Photographer / Brandi Caplinger
A pinch of determination, a dash of determination, tablespoons of talent and a whole lot of hard work are Le Croissant French Bakery’s unique recipe for success.
Opened in January and located in the Vista Run Mall, Le Croissant is easily identifiable by the line of anxious shoppers waiting to be among the first of the day to experience talking about the city in the center of the Indiana.
The aroma of freshly baked delicacies greets you upon entering, and the sight of the window display is a feast for the eyes. You’ll find flaky croissants – chocolate, strawberry and almond – covered in powdered sugar, cream puffs and glittering chocolate éclairs, pies and cheese danishes topped with berries, cookies, quiches and bread. sourdough and baguettes.
Behind the counter, employees are buzzing with keeping up with orders, and at the center of all this activity is Pedro Ulloa, owner and baker extraordinaire. While not completely surprised by the enthusiastic response, Ulloa is humbled.
“Every day there is a line. Every day,” he says enthusiastically. “The first day we opened, there was so much left over at the end of the day. I shared it with all the other stores around. They liked everything and they told their friends. A few days later we sold, and we’ve sold every day since. »
Ulloa is proud of the Crescent’s success, but he doesn’t take it for granted.
The road to Greenwood was long and difficult. Originally from Mexico, Ulloa joined other members of his family living in Los Angeles, where he arrived on July 4, 1985. Decades of hard work would follow, but it is his “never give up” spirit that defines him. .
“I have always worked. Hard work. And I was good at it. The bosses always said they wished they had 100 Pedros,” he laughs.
Determined to become an American citizen, which took him 14 years, he worked in landscaping, meat packing facilities, restaurants, worked as a welder, auto mechanic and home renovator, to name a few. name a few. But pastry was his strong point, his passion, and luckily for us, his destiny.
Ulloa is in the bakery every morning at 3 a.m. and stays there long after it closes, getting ready for the next day. With just one mixer, the process is tedious and time-consuming. His goal is to acquire a larger mixer that will allow him to prepare more pastries in less time. Another goal on Ulloa’s list is to open a second Le Croissant French bakery in Carmel.
“We’ve had clients from Muncie, Lafayette, Plainfield,” he says. “Every day, customers from Carmel come here and beg me to open a bakery there.
“I would like to have a second bakery and I think it will be a success in Carmel. There are bakeries all over the city, but nothing like what we offer at Le Croissant French Bakery. But first, a new mixer.
The Crescent is located at 916 E. Main Street, Greenwood. The bakery is open Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.