Arthur Newberry (left) takes a photo for several customers at Hopewell Bake Exchange while his partner, bakery owner, Andrea Pompei, looks on. Arthur, who is the owner of CaffeMarco, a coffee roasting business located two doors down the street from the bakery, frequently helps out at the bakery. Andrea opened the doors of the bakery to the public two months ago, after selling pastries at the farmers’ market since 2018.
Andrea writes the names and prices of her baked goods on the display case before opening. Andrea offers a new menu every day and frequently experiments with new recipes.
Andrea prepares dough early in the morning. The bakery is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., but Andrea is there early and stays late to prepare her pastries. She tries to make everything as fresh as possible.
A display case filled with broccoli and cheese quiches gleams in the morning light. Andrea tries to source as many ingredients locally as she can, placing an emphasis on wholesome grains. This value is something she and Arthur share, and one of the things they bonded over when they first met.
Arthur and Andrea share a moment in the bakery in between serving customers. "We joke that we need blinds," Andrea says. The two have been dating for two years.
Arthur takes a bite of an apple from Hatmaker Homestead, a local produce farm, as he unloads the car. Breaks to eat are often few because he is running between CaffeMarco and helping Andrea at the bakery.
Arthur grabs tofu from the fridge while Andrea slices kale for miso soup. Amigo, their dog, watches with curiosity. The two try to cook dinner as often as they can, and they frequently head back to the bakery after dinner to prepare more pastries for the following day.
A note from Arthur's dad attempting to come up with a "couple name" hangs on the fridge of Andrea and Arthur's home. The two moved in together last year.
Arthur and Andrea share a moment in their kitchen before dinner.. Between running CaffeMarco and Hopewell Bake Exchange, the time they have to relax is scarce, but when they can, it's all the more appreciated.
Andrea loads bagels onto a rack by the counter at the bakery early in the morning. After a long day, there is always more to do. In time, Andrea hopes to hire more help and shift into a managerial role at the bakery.