Since their opening in 2016, Cinnamon's Bakery has quickly become a new favorite in Estes Park. Tucked away on Fall River Road in a seemingly residential area, this little bakery is off to a busy start. Glowing reviews on Yelp and exuberantly-shared Facebook posts bring in so many people that Carole and Bob Fixter have sold out of their delicious rolls nearly every day. Says Carole,
"I'm at my limit," Carole Fixter said, "20 dozen a day-that's my max!"
Carole rises each morning to begin baking by 3 a.m. Bob helps by starting the coffee and other chores. Although they have never worked in a commercial kitchen before, Carole knew she had the know-how and love of baking to make a success story, not to mention the old family recipe to guide her.
After planning for more than a year, the Fixters bought the former Sebold property adjacent to their home and began renovating the cabins on site to bring their bakery to fruition. The small shop retains a homey and inviting feel, with details from the original cabin used as decoration in the front of the shop.
Cinnamon's has a small menu, offering just four types of cinnamon roll: a classic (with icing on the side, if that's your preference), sticky pecan rolls, raisin-filled, and fruit-filled. They also offer a gluten-sensitive blueberry muffin, and premium Blue Sky and Ozo coffees.
The Fixters care about their products and customers, and it shows in the details of their business. From the smiling, local students they hire, to some organic ingredients used in the recipe, the love is in the details. They also care about their community. Mention those "other" famous cinnamon rolls in the Valley, and a look of distress crosses Carole's face.
"We offer something different," she said. "We don't want to take anything away from them. It's not a competition. There's room for us all."
Cinnamon's is open from 7:30 to 10 a.m. each day. Early birds will be rewarded as they are often sold out by 9 a.m. Cinnamon's will stay open year-round, though the hours may be reduced a bit for winter. Customers are encouraged to call-in large orders in advance.
Cinnamon's is on its way to quickly becoming one of Estes Park's new popular places to eat.