Whirling Dervish Bakery is THREE!!!!! Wow, time flies when you are having fun. Some of us wanted to say a few words to the amazing Owner/Dreamer of the bakery, Becky Gacono! Without her vision we would not have this amazing place to enjoy friendship, fellowship, coffee and of course the best baked goods around.
Your sweet little bakery is one of my favorite places on earth. I am so blessed to be a part of your dream and grateful for the time I get to spend helping that dream continue to unfold. Your unmatched talent and creativity are truly something special, a gift to our community. Happy Anniversary and here's to another fantastic year!
Who knew chocolate chip cookies were actually a dream come true.
I didn’t. I’m not a sweets person. I’ve never been. I love the florals and savories and earthy flavors. So, when my mom finally decided to tell everyone that she was bringing her bakery and coffee shop business idea into fruition, I was wholeheartedly excited for her, but, I also didn’t understand the excitement either. I knew it was her one hearts wish (for herself) to spread love, friendship, and kinship through her baked goods; heck, I’d been witnessing this anomaly for 25 years. People LOVED getting the delicious goodies she would randomly pop in and give to them. They’d smile. They’d laugh. It made them happy.
But what I missed? I missed that connection that happiness made. While I saw what happened afterwards, there’s something that you miss if you’re not there for the firsthand interaction. You miss the warmth. You miss the omg-Santa-IS-real first reaction. That feeling that people care and thought of you and MADE something for you. And really, that’s the feeling you get here in her shop.
This bakery, it’s magical. Sure, it’s a business. BUT, but but but....it is SO. MUCH. MORE. It’s a place where you are automatically part of the Whirling Dervish family. Don’t believe me? Pop in.
Start talking with someone you don’t know there. People are smiling. They linger. They have conversations with strangers over coffee and everyone LOVES the little ones who’s eyes light up at the sight of all the goodies lined up in the case. We love the tough guys that come in and ask for the darkest thing on the menu. We love the workers that come in with their rough hands. We love the moms with a handful of littles. We love the ones that need the extra help with the doors and the stairs.
The fact is, is that there is love here. And I had NO idea how much of it there possibly could be in one tiny little space tucked away on the side of Lancaster street in Annville. And honestly? It really does feel like magic.
And it all stated with a chocolate chip cookie.
My Dearest Becky,
You truly are a gift to those around you. Your love for adventure and helping others is infectious. So when I say I miss the bakery, I know I am not the only one that feels that way. Our 3 year celebration will not be happening the way we had hoped but when the glorious day comes that the WD Bakery opens again, we will have a great celebration.
The bakery has become such an amazing blessing in all of our lives. It is my home away from home and I get to work with some of my favorite people. The laughter we share together and with our customers is something that I cherish. You often say the bakery is your “Happy Place”. I believe that is a statement that a lot of people would echo. What you have managed to do in a little space in the back of the Gacono Real Estate office is mind blowing.
Thank you for including me on this journey and many other adventures. I am lucky to call you my friend and blessed to call you my family. Happy Anniversary!
Love you, Heather
Wow! 3 years mom! Congratulations! I remember being there on that first day you were open. You were still figuring out your hours so we opened at 6am that day. It was kind of rough, but you didn't stop smiling the whole time, so I'd say the day was a success. So much has happened in the past 3 years, but the bakery has been a constant through it all and I am thankful for that. And for you… I know you will continue to be an inspiration for your family and your community. I love you so much and look forward to being back in the bakery soon!
I can’t believe it’s been three years since the Whirling Dervish has been open. It’s such a natural fit for my mom to have a bakery that it sort of feels like it’s always been there. In a way, maybe it has been, because the physical location is just an extension of her – her skills, her values, her passion.
Watching my mom take the leap of opening a bakery filled me with joy warmer than a fresh baked chocolate chip cookie. I find myself smiling every time I see a picture of someone wearing the birthday crown with the treat they picked out that day. I giggle when I see her gnomes and their silly shenanigans. I beam with pride when I see her posts advertising collections to support those who are struggling with food security. The bakery has given her a bigger platform from which to bring happiness to the community, and to do it in the most delicious way possible. I couldn’t be more proud.
If you have not visited this SWEET place, we hope you do when we reopen. And just in case you need some convincing, here are a few reasons you should visit us.
CHEERS TO YOU BECKY!!!!!!! WE LOVE YOU!!!!