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Back on the block

Something old, something new is the theme for Skaneateles' newest Jordan Street eatery. Right smack where the Skaneateles Bakery once stood, it's risen again. Only this time the building is smaller because of new building codes. On the upside it is now handicap accessible and has a restroom. On the downside there isn't room for a counter to sit at as with the old building.

The collective inner village knew she was back with the smell of fresh fried cakes wafting down the sidewalk last Friday. The bakery had a soft opening of just coffee and doughnuts to try and work out the start up bugs. By the end of the day, there was a "Sold Out" sign on the door.

After the bakery business sold more than a year ago, it was determined that the building would not pass codes. It was demolished and a new building put into place.

The first thing that will hit you as you enter the new Skaneateles Bakery is the new look, which is fresh, upbeat and comfortable. The interior was designed by Nikki Mason a recent graduate of Cornell's School of design and environmental analysis.

"I was going for welcoming," she said.

Nick is the oldest daughter of Sam Mason the owner of the new Skaneateles Bakery. Who is Sam Mason? He is a Cornell graduate and the husband of Sally. Who is Sally? She is also a Cornell graduate and the Sally of Cate and Sally, the popular women's clothing store on Genesee Street in the village of Skaneateles.

The really cool thing about the interior is that it was designed with all sustainable elements. The floor is made of cork and the counters are bamboo. The paints used are made from organic compounds. The blue she picked for the walls is quite unusual. Nikki said men think it looks like a 1950's Thunderbird automobile color while women think it looks like the famous jeweler's Tiffany blue packaging.

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