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Dingeldein sweet treats coming to Carlisle Bakery

Dingeldein sweet treats coming to Carlisle Bakery

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The Dingeldein Bakery is coming to Carlisle.

In a deal made over some of the sweetest delicacies in the region, Dingeldein owner Russell Dingeldein agreed on Friday to terms with the Carlisle Bakery that will put the Dingeldein name on the Carlisle Bakery’s storefront.

Most important, for fans of the former New Cumberland cake-maker, Dingeldein will become Carlisle Bakery’s chief baker.

“We are ecstatic about this agreement,” Carlisle Bakery owner John Bogonis said. “When Russell Dingeldein comes in, he’s going to take us to the next level.”

Dingeldein, who wasn’t available for comment, had said he wasn’t interested in owning another bakery after the May closing of the bakery in New Cumberland.

Dingeldein and his wife, Laurie, had owned the bakery for nearly two decades.

“He told me that he just wanted to be an employee,” Bogonis said. “I said, ‘Whatever you want.’”

Dingeldein built its reputation on custom cakes and was famous for its long waiting list.

As of Friday, Dingeldein’s Facebook page still contained messages from customers wanting cakes and pastries for their weddings, anniversaries and other events.

The bakery was known by people across the region for its cakes, doughnuts, biscotti, shortbread and other pastries.

Dingeldein also served soups, sandwiches and salads, and its closing left many devastated, including New Cumberland Mayor D.J. Landis, who told reporters that the closing saddened her and that everyone would miss the bakery.

“Everyone around here thinks this is a big deal,” Bogonis said.

Bogonis said he called Dingeldein a couple of months ago to see how he was doing.

Any thought of some sort of partnership hadn’t entered Bogonis’s mind, he said.

“I didn’t think there was a chance in the world,” Bogonis said. “I was looking to see if I could get some of the people who worked for him and then he came in and we went over some ideas. (Dingeldein) laid out some things and we moved on it.”

After a few more meetings, a deal was in the works, and the two sides signed a formal agreement on Friday.

Bogonis said customers can expect classic Dingeldein baked goods and a new sign on the window.

“It will probably say ‘Carlisle Bakery Featuring Dingeldein’s,’ or something like that,” Bogonis said.

Dingeldein is expected to meet with Carlisle Bakery’s staff on Thursday, and his first day at the store is scheduled for Oct. 1.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly described New Cumberland Mayor DJ Landis. (1:14 p.m. 9/24/12)


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