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Bakeries are making dough this holiday season

By Lynda Figueredo - bioemail

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Employees at one of the sweetest place in Savannah are trying to keep up with the demands of the holiday season.

Workers are racing around the clock trying to keep the shelves stocked full of sweet treats at Baker's Pride.

"[I'm] getting doughnuts for co-workers for Christmas," said Jim Rein.

A constant flow of trays with handmade confections emerge from the bakery's many ovens.

"The holidays -- they are extremely busy," said Barry Follman. "The decorations have gone up, and the lines are out the doors."

For a bakery, this is the busiest time of year. Employees are working hard to get all the special orders done just in the nick of time.

"We are getting ready the holiday specialties, like the cakes and pies, the fruitcakes and all the special things people want for their families," said owner Joella Baker.

Open since 1982, Baker knows how to prepare for the holiday rush.

"We start in October for Christmas by ordering the supplies and the things we need, so we have it in house," said Baker.

Special orders started coming in just after Thanksgiving, and each day customers place orders for their well-known cookies trays and yule logs.

"I am going to get a tray of cookies to take to our Christmas gathering," said Follmann.

But it's not the sweet treats that they are best known for.

"The customer service behind the counter is amazing," said Follmann.

That's because each person working here is considered apart of the Baker family, if their not already.

"My son in law, my daughter, my son-in-law's mother and father helps with delivery," said Baker. "We adopt everyone as family that works here and we tell them if they can't work here as family they can't work here. It's a nice environment to be in."

The best part of the holiday season? "We get to see smiles on everyone's faces," Baker said.

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