Kirsten (Fergy) Ferguson was surprised all day with gifts, flowers, messages, hugs and honks on opening day of Honey Toast cafe and bakery in downtown Penticton.
“Lovely, charming and delicious,” is how Jaime Eberle described her visit on opening day Sunday, May 1 to the Front Street eatery.
“We did it. We really did it,” Ferguson said on Sunday while she welcomed people and visited with them.
Fergy said she doesn’t think she slept more than a few hours Saturday night before the opening. But now that the day is here, she said it’s been amazing.
“It’s just so heartwarming, to see everyone again and to see new faces in our new neighbourhood,” said Fergy. As she said that Okanoggin Barbers owner Peter Beauchamp came by with his family and friends to welcome her to the neighbourhood.
It had been an amazing three years for Ferguson at Nauti Dog Cafe at Skaha Marina, not only winning the hearts of Pentictonites but also winning several awards along the way. But circumstances with the new ownership of the marina made it no longer financially feasible to stay at the marina location.
For all who have fallen in love with Ferguson’s baked goodies, she announced in March they were moving to a new Front Street location with a new name.
This Front St. address is the previous home of Lisa and John Baxter-Burke’s Front Street Brasserie. This transition comes in conjunction with the recent announcement of Lisa’s new position at Blasted Church Winery.
Ferguson named her new cafe Honey Toast in honour of her gramma who made her that special honey toast snack as a kid.
And without coincidence on Sunday May 1, when Ferguson opened her new cafe, it was on her gramma’s birthday in heaven.
“It’s almost like it was planned,” said Fergy, with a wink.
Known for her amazing cakes, Beauchamp mentioned that she not only created one of her first cakes here in Penticton for his wedding but several birthday cakes followed.
There are some new things to try on her menu including the Breakfast Charcuterie. Your choice of pastry, blueberry goat cheese, ginger apricot stilton, granola cup with vanilla yogurt, honey garlic sausage, berries, nuts, and berry compote to eat in or take to the beach.
Another unique thing to try is the breakfast banana split.
Honey Toast also serves up plenty in the bakery display as well as coffees, sweet and savoury crepes and quiches.
And of course, honey toast, anytime for $5.
Honey Toast is open Tuesday to Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.