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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, June 17, 2015 11B Even more sweet treats Da00':i00 O' ns at Carey zdy locatic n PROFILES IN BUSINESS BELL LANE BAKED GOODS Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoor'e@plumasnews.com i Even as a junior high student, Susan Ushakoff knew that she wanted to go to culinary school. "When Iwas 12 or 13 I begged my mom to buy ingredients for mocha cheesecake," Susan said. "It was so expensive, so we ate every bite of that cake." Susan watched her mom cook and read her Julia Child cookbooks. At school she took home ec from Thelma Drybread and went through the ROP (Regional Occupation program). "I worked a t every food place in Quincy," Susan said and mentioned Morning Thunder, Polka Dot, Mountain House, EJ's and the lunch counter at Quincy Drug. After graduating from Quincy High School in 1982, Susan attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. She completed her externship at the Westin Galleria in Dallas where she focused on pastry. When she graduated from culinary school, Susan received an offer from every place that she applied. "They were so in need of pastry chefs," she said. Ultimately she chose the job that paid the least amount of money -- $ 5 per hour -- because "they took the time to call me" and "they were looking for someone who wanted to learn.','.,. ,,, ;,,, ,,., And that's exactly what happened. "I learned so much at that job," Susan said. "The chef was so creative and so talented." After spending two years in the Dallas area, Susan moved to Monterey and began work at the J-Iyatt. "I Susan Ushakoff stands behind a stocked case of morning pastries, including bagels, muffins, scones and croissants. Susan has moved her business Bell Lane Baked Goods into Carey Candy Co. at 91 Bradley St. in Quincy. Photos by Debra Moore stayed in pastry for about 10 years, but then the long hours and the hard work" drove Susan to the hotel's front desk. That's when she learned how to run the front of the house -- everything from human resources to sales and marketing. Bu throughout the ears, Susan stayed interested in cooking and even opened a restaurant with her mother. When Susan visited Quincy in 2012 for her 30-year high school reunion, she reconnected with her friend Amy Carey. She said they always discussed the possibility of her returning to the area and opening a bakery in the back of Amy's candy store. When Susan's parents moved back to Quincy and Susan's husband retired, the opportunity presented itself. Susan opened Bell Lane Baked, Goods in Carey +Candy Co. this past spring. With the new business came new hours. The candy store and bakery now open early -- at 7 a.m. six days a week. The bakery case is stocked with bagels, muffins, scones, croissants and breakfast Susan Ushakoff, owner of Bell Lane Baked Goods, teamed up with Amy Carey, owner of Carey , Candy Co. to offer coffee drinks and created a third business BREW haha. Customers can how enjoy hot, iced or blended coffees to enjoy with a pastry or as a treat unto itself. Here Susan brews up a hazelnut latte. Bell Lane Baked Goods Owner Susan Address 91 Bradley St., Quincy (shares space with Carey Candy Co.) Telephone '(530) 283-4735 Hours of Operation Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, closed pastries when the store opens, and, as the day proceeds, Susan adds savory items such as ham and cheese croissants and homemade bagel dogs. She offers soft drinks and chips to round out the lunch offerings. And, of course, there'is always a'homemade cookie or candy for dessert. Susan plans to add more lunch items throughout the year. There also is a seating area to enjoy breakfast, lunch or an afternoon snack. Since pastries go well with coffee, Susan and Amy have teamed up to form BREW Bear claws are among the many breakfast offerings at Bell Lane Baked Goods that opens at 7 a.m, Monday through Saturday. At lunch, baker Susan Ushakoff offers savory croissants and bagel dogs. haha, their new joint business. The duo serve hot, iced and blended coffee drinks. "We have a full espresso menu," said Susan. Susan also makes cakes, cupcakes and pies, and takes special orders. On the days when her case "open at 7 a.m." she said many people are surprised when they learn the store opens that early. The bakery and candy store remain open until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and until 5 p.m. on Saturday. Venture in and one is : goods, she takes the her husband, Victor (who leftovers to the Sierra House so that they do not go to waste. What does Susan want her customers to know? "We are open in the morning?" she said. Despite a banner that proclaims often helps out), behind the counter or Amy, or her daughter, Kyona. They all serve the fresh baked goods, brew an espresso, make a shaved ice or pack some candy for their customers. 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