Local bakery on Buckeye road says good-bye

Lucy's Sweet Surrender moves to Shaker Heights

CLEVELAND - A local bakery that has been a fixture on Cleveland's east side has moved.

At 4.p.m. Saturday, Lucy's Sweet Surrender Bakery closed its door on Buckeye road for good. "We are moving after more than 50 years in the same location," said owner Michael Feigenbaum.

He's been running the place for nearly 20 years. He said there are several reasons they have closed up shop and moving the bakery to Chagrin Boulevard in Shaker Heights.

About four years ago his wife was shot inside the store and just last year they were robbed at gunpoint. "You can't put words to what happened and how we feel. It's terrible," he said. He showed us the hole in the wall that the bullet traveled through before it hit his wife.

A rise in crime along Buckeye is not the only reason Feigenbaum feels the time to leave is now. He said foot traffic has all but disappeared. The emergence of the one stop shopper he feels is the culprit. "You can buy your bakery from a gas station, convenience store, grocery store, Wal-Mart, there are so many options," he said. "You know people don't shop at several stores a day. They go to one place and get everything," he continued.

Bakery sales have dipped over the last 5 years according to Feigenbaum. He was ecstatic earlier this month as Easter and Passover brought in more business than the store has seen in quite sometime.

On Monday, he will begin to move everything out of the old store and into the new one which he hopes will be open within a few weeks. The moving sign outside the bakery seemed to bring in some people wanting to say good-bye. During our interview he was taking orders from North Carolina and several people who once lived in the neighborhood were stopping by to say hello.

One of those was Susan Reckl who immigrated to this country in 1980 from Hungary. Lucy's was her first job in the states and where she learned to speak English. "I started my life here. It was like 30 years ago but it feels like it was today," she said as her and her husband Frank enjoyed some of the bakeries pastries.

Frank said he came to this country with little money but he and his wife worked their way to the top. It wasn't easy adapting to American life he told me. He said one of the strangest things he encountered was the large Hungarian speaking community that once called Buckeye road home. "No one spoke English," he said. "We go out into the street and we just hear Hungarian. I wanted to learn English," he said with a giant smile on his face in amusement.

Susan said the store had so many memories and she was truly sad to see it go but understood why Fiegenbaum was moving it. "I will miss this place a lot. Yes, it's sad. "

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