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Pure Bliss Bakery brings touch of sweetness to OC

Cinnamon rolls, scones and, yes, red velvet cupcakes, with a delectable, creamy frosting. These are just a few of customers’ favorite things at Oregon City’s Pure Bliss Bakery.

Photo Credit: PHOTO BY ELLEN SPITALERI - As one of her early morning tasks, Chrissy Leslie whips up some sweet, buttery frosting for cinnamon rolls and scones for customers at Pure Bliss Bakery.There has been a bakery tucked away on Central Point Road for three years, but last April it was purchased by a local mother-daughter team, Chrissy and Tena Leslie. They retained many of the recipes used by the original owners and have brought in some of their own ideas, capitalizing on Chrissy Leslie’s 11 years of experience as a baker and cake decorator.

“My mom quit her desk job of 23 years to support me. This time of the year, she is babysitting my 4-year-old son, but the sweet rolls and scones are her forte,” Chrissie Leslie said.

“We are known for our cinnamon rolls and scones. Our rolls are very soft, and our scones are very moist,” she said, adding, “We’ve taken scones to another level.”

She loves taking suggestions, and last week a customer asked her to make a cranberry-coconut scone.

“I told her to come back the next day, and those scones were a huge hit,” Leslie said, adding that she always sets out the red velvet cupcakes early in the day since they’re so popular.

Customers also appreciate the frequent-buyer punch card. For every seven items purchased, customers get one free goody.

Quality ingredients, low prices

What sets Pure Bliss Bakery apart from other bakeries?

“The quality of our product and the price structure, which is low. And everything is made from scratch daily,” Leslie said. “We also do party trays and birthday cakes, but they must be picked up, because we don’t deliver.”

Most of the main ingredients are sourced locally: yeast and flour come from Bob’s Red Mill in Milwaukie; the berries from Sheridan Fruit Company in Portland; and dairy products come from Sunshine Dairy, also in Portland.

Since the bakery has started serving grilled sandwiches, lunch business has picked up, Leslie said. They are planning to add cold sandwiches and more salads to the menu soon.

Seating inside the bakery is somewhat limited, but there is a shady patio outside with tables and chairs.

Although sales of sandwiches have tripled, Leslie would still like to see more customers come through her door.

“We’ve been trying to get down to the Wednesday farmers market, because a lot of people don’t know we’re here,” she said, noting that putting signs on Central Point Road has helped guide customers to the bakery.

“We have daily specials; on Tuesdays, people 55 and over receive 10 percent off of a free house coffee with purchase and on Thursdays, city/county/state workers receive 10 percent off,” she said.

And for those reasons, locals have embraced Pure Bliss Bakery, Leslie said, adding, “The neighbors come in every day; even the mayor comes in every day.”

Baked bliss

What: Pure Bliss Bakery

Where: 18946 Central Point Road, Oregon City

When: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, with some flexibility on closing time

Details: Multiple flavors of scones are served daily, $2.25. Sweet rolls with frosting and berry rolls are $2. Large cookies are $1.75, while brownies and cupcakes are priced at $2. Grilled sandwiches are $7.75 with fresh fruit and potato chips. Drinks include coffee, tea, espresso, soda, bottled water and juice.

Call: 503-828-7041



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