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Remember a few months ago when Rock N Bowl and Ye Olde College Inn owner, John Blancher, purchased the million dollar stripmall adjacent to his Mid City compound? Well, feast your eyes on some seriously swanky improvements to Ye Olde compound Still Dere Square. Blancher’s son/family business man/chef Johnny Blancher has now added Ye Olde Bake Shoppe to the mix, certified open as of December 9. Fresh baked bread and cases of pastries abound (donuts, eclairs, cannoli) and grab-and-go breakfast/lunch fare (paninis, bagels, chicken salad, etc.) plus specialty coffee drinks are also available.

Given that the space used to house a tattoo parlor, the revamp to glitzy new bake shop is pretty incredible. Nextdoor, the former cabinet store is now home to Magazine Street transplant The Occasional Wife. Other than that, a check cashing place and nail salon still occupy the other units, but honestly, the property looks a lot less stripmall-icky. The bakery joins a surge of openings in the Mid City area— with Namese and Biscuits & Buns on Banks opening in the last month alone, and MOPHO and Treo on the horizon.