End of an era...

Davis Pastry in downtown Anna, home of famed ‘pink cookies,’ planning to close
The announcement came via Facebook, with a post on the pastry shop’s page proclaiming that Sept. 28 would be their last day of business.

It’s the end of an era for a South Main Street merchant in Anna as the Davis family has announced their plans to close the doors of Davis Pastry. 

Throughout their 66 years of service to the community, Davis Pastry has grown to become a landmark in the Union County business scene. 

For decades, the Davis family and their famous pastries have been an integral part in the lives and traditions of multiple generations of area residents. Especially their signature “pink cookies,” a classic confection that has become a favorite for the community. 

The announcement came via Facebook, with a post on the pastry shop’s page proclaiming that Sept. 28 would be their last day of business. 

In reaction to the news, hundreds of past and present patrons expressed feelings of shock and sadness at the news, while others shared fond memories of bygone birthday parties.  

Since the announcement on Sunday, the shop has been overwhelmed with calls and orders. 

“We’ve been bombarded,” said manager Sabrina Duckworth. “Usually Monday is our slow day, but the phone hasn’t stopped ringing.” 

Tony Davis, the son of owners Jim and Sandra Davis, has been running the family business for over thirty years. And after three decades in the pastry game, the third-generation baker is ready for a new chapter in his life. 

“Tony’s just ready for retirement,” said Duckworth. “He’s been doing this for thirty-plus years and he wants to go back to school and do something different.” 

However, the retirement of the Davis family might not necessarily mean the end for Davis Pastry, as the owners are currently entertaining offers to purchase the business.

Steve Landreth through Classic Properties in Anna is handling the sale, and according to Duckworth, they’ve already had a few different people making inquiries. 

What all of Anna seems to want to know is, what would this mean for pink cookies and the other famous Davis family recipes?

“A lot of people are calling asking if we will sell them the recipes,” said Duckworth. “But whoever buys the business, gets the building and everything in it, and the recipes. So the tradition would be carried on.” 

Davis Pastry’s last day is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 28, with Friday, Sept. 27 set as the last day to place orders.

 

The Gazette-Democrat

112 Lafayette St.
Anna, Illinois 62906
Office Number: (618) 833-2158
Email: news@annanews.com

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