Hudson -- A former bank teller is now behind the counter of her own pastry shop.
Gabriela Traub worked at Huntington Bank for four years and Key Bank for four more years, both in Hudson, but wanted to follow her dream of owning her own pastry shop.
Gabriela and her husband, David Traub, opened "Gabriela's European Pastries" Oct. 9 at 46 Ravenna St., Suite D1 in an 800-square-foot space at Hudson's Evaporator Works.
A grand opening is planned Oct. 18 with a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Mondays with the shop closed on Tuesdays.
Gabriela describes her pastries as "tradition, quality and freshness," and said they never run out.
She bakes every day and has a variety of cakes, pastries, meringues and strudels for $2.50 for a small serving or $4.50 for a large serving. Cookies are also available 3 for $1.
The pastries are made in the classic European style with fresh ingredients and without the use of preservatives or stabilizers. Although lighter and not as sweet, they also are perishable and delicate. Airy meringues, multi layered cakes with custard and fresh fruit fillings and sweet and savory apple, peach and cherry strudels are a few of the many items Gabriela will prepare daily.
"They are like clouds," Gabriela said about the pastries' lightness and fluffiness. "We wanted something unique."
Gabriela uses family recipes to create the flaky dough that is crunchy when bitten into.
Gabriela and David are the only employees, but her sister, Daniela, and her husband, Steven Aminger, help out with marketing, graphics and a website.
Although David and Gabriela have lived in Hudson for more than 10 years, Gabriela grew up in communist Romania where she trained under a master baker and became an expert at making delicate European pastries, owning and managing her own bakery.
She learned how to succeed in communist Romania.
"You don't have a second chance," Gabriela said. "You succeed or fail. They put pressure on your shoulders to succeed all the time."
Gabriela said she learned to multi-task and has taken that skill to her pastry shop. She hopes to eventually incorporate more family members into the business and expand the space with seating space instead of just take out.
Customers may choose from many items in the case and are invited to place orders for larger items and greater quantities, she said.
They have limited their menu since other Hudson companies sell cupcakes, breads and candies, David said. "We want to be good citizens of Hudson," he said. "We want to offer something not offered in Hudson."
For more information, go to www.gabrielaseuropeanpastries.com.
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