a-lt-men-taire – The French Bakery on Main Street – IMAGINE!

In the Chicago area, you will find bakeries throughout this city of neighborhoods…Greek Town, Little Italy…In Evanston where I grew up, there was a bakery on Davis Street where my mother took me. Inside the door of the bakery, delectable smells filled the shop. The glass front display cases were filled with trays of impossible choices. I usually asked for a chocolate eclair, which I would then eat on the walk home. Two blocks west to Asbury Avene, turn right, and two blocks North home. We would pass the bowling alley, the drug store, the amazing Federal Post office with its memorable architecture. All of us can still walk blindfolded these walks of our childhoods.  Main Street Rocky Mount is going to have the fragrances of a bakery escaping onto the street each time the door opens to Altmentaire. (AH-LEE-MON-TAIR) A French word for food and nourishment that describes their traditional bread and bake goods made of 100% real ingredients, many locally sourced. Perhaps you already know of this bakery at 600 Trade Street in Tarboro, NC  owned by Steve and Franca Gilbert. They are coming to Main Street Rocky Mount.

 Here we are looking at 132 SW Main. This commercial building is 6000 square feet. 3000 feet for the bakery…kitchen sales area, etc. AND a 3000 loft apartment above where the Gilberts are going to live. Having just seen two lofts this size in New Bern at the Main Street Conference, I was beside myself because I wasn’t in Elizabeth City or Wilson or New Bern but on MAIN STREET ROCKY MOUNT. (CLICK HERE TO SEE THE NEW BERN LOFTS.)

There is much more to this space with bedrooms, bathrooms, closet space. 3000!!! feet. This is but a glimpse of what is happening in the downtown historic district. The restoration and repurposing of this building is part of the new scene emerging around the businesses that have held down the fort waiting for support, vision, a will of the leadership. Welcome Steve & Franca Gilbert, we can’t wait for you to get here.

The living room space that looks out on Main Street and raised kitchen

Climbing the steps past the beautiful brick wall to the 2nd level

The three windows looking out on Main Street

 

The View from the second level

 

About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her: Stephenyhoughtlin.com
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4 Responses to a-lt-men-taire – The French Bakery on Main Street – IMAGINE!

  1. Anonymous says:

    Howdy Ms. Houghtlin –
    Reviving Rocky Mount’s downtown is a challenge that few would tackle. But as someone who grew-up in Rocky Mount, I applaud you as you lead the way.
    My best,
    Elwood

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    • The effort being made to save Main Street is a cause for celebration. Wonderful people who know a good thing when they see it and are involved on many levels. Investment, economic development, preservation. Prayers being answered. One day it will be the most beautiful Main Street in Eastern Carolina. Keep clapping your hands, it helps like crazy. Thanks.

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  2. Martha J. Moore says:

    Wow—terrific news for Rocky Mount!

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