Doug Simms Sr., left, and his son Douger, are carrying on a 60-year tradition in the way they run Quality Bake Shop in the Essex Junction Shopping Center. PHOTO | ROY MERCON

Doug Simms Sr., left, and his son Douger, are carrying on a 60-year tradition in the way they run Quality Bake Shop in the Essex Junction Shopping Center.
PHOTO | ROY MERCON

Community and tradition

For Doug Simms Sr., it is almost always time to make the doughnuts.

Simms, 55, along with his son, Douger, and wife, Michelle, are the guardians of a tasty 60-year-old tradition — the Quality Bake Shop in the Essex Junction Shopping Center on Pearl Street.

Even typing the name of the shop makes my mouth water. And with good reason. The bakery that Ray LeBlanc opened six decades ago on July 8 still produces some of the lightest and most delicious doughnuts that I have ever tasted (maple-frosted AND cream-filled in one!), maple walnut cookies to die for and an impressive array of homemade breads…READ MORE

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