New King Arthur Flour Campus is Heaven-On-Earth for Bakers!


King Arthur Entrance

Today was a perfect summer day in Vermont.  Not too hot, not too cold, just right.  It was the perfect day to visit the new King Arthur Flour baking center.  For years I have been buying King Arthur flour,  partly because it comes from Vermont.  As a Vermonter living in California, I like to support businesses in Vermont when I can.    The new campus in Norwich, Vermont is a dream come true for anyone who loves to bake.  Not only is there a beautiful retail store filled with any kind of tool, supply or treat that a baker could ever want. including a beautiful demonstration area, but there’s a baking education center,  a commercial bakery and a lovely cafe.

King Arthur campus

Beautiful new campus of King Arthur Flour

One of the bonuses of going to King Arthur during July 2012 is  a special  piano in the courtyard of the new building.  Fifty pianos have been placed in the area by the Hopkins Center for the Arts  at Dartmouth College, celebrating their 50th anniversary. Each piano has been donated and decorated by an artist,  each piano has been placed where the public can visit and play,  each piano has a different personality, and each has a volunteer caretaker who will cover the instrument when it rains.  When I read about the Hands on Pianos project, I knew I had to visit at least one of those pianos  and play Scott Joplin’s “Maple Leaf Rag”,  because of the maple trees in Vermont.

Hands on Pianos

Hands On Pianos celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth College

The piano that in residence at King Arthur Flour is called “The Liberace”.  When you see it, you’ll know why!

liberace piano

Painted silver and decorated with rhinestones all over, the Liberace piano has a picture of the master pianist on one side.


Maple Leaf Rag

I played The Maple Leaf Rag by Scott Joplin, to pay tribute to Vermont’s maple industry.

As you enter the front doors of the building, this large sign proclaims the dedication of the King Arthur Flour baking center.

King Arthur EntranceTo the left is the retail store,  straight ahead is the cafe,  and to the right  is the bakery.   Who could resist sitting in King Arthur’s chair?

chair at King Arthur

I have never seen a more complete baking supply center than the new King Arthur retail store.  It’s a good thing that I have no room in my luggage to carry everything home that I wanted to buy.  I did take photos of things I love….and they have a wonderful mail order catalog, so the potential for shopping still exists!

King Arthur store


King Arhtur store 2

Children's baking supplies

Baking supplies for children too!


King Arthur store 3


Yes, I do have a wish list!  Here are some of my picks:

hexagonal cutter

I liked this cool hexagon cutter!

newest bread machine

Yes, I want a bread machine. This one even does gluten free recipes

King Arthur cafe

Heading into the Cafe…beautiful ceiling looks like spokes of a wagon wheel!

Whether you are a baker or not,  the Cafe offers plenty of deliciousness.  After looking at all the wonderful ingredients and mixes in the store,  it was time to check out the baked goods!

baked goods

Whoopie Pies! Yummy Things!

piano cookies

How about a piano cookie?

music cookies

I had already seen this display in the store..and the cookie cutters too!

baked treats

Picked out a few treats to take home!

It’s fun to observe the bakery through the huge windows!


The Bakery!

Someday I want to come back and take a class.   I’m glad they have a catalog.  There are a few things I might need!

King Arthur store offeringsIf you travel to New England,  be sure to visit Norwich, Vermont.   There are lots of wonderful things to do and see in the area, but if you love to bake, this is heaven -on-earth!

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