Blog Entries - 2016

Christmas Cutouts 2016

Posted on: December 2, 2016

This year we have selected some special cutout cookies for you. We have our traditional Christmas tree and our Jolly Santa. We have created a new wintry snowglobe for you and a snowy owl this year too! We hope you and  your family enjoy them as much as we do!

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Holiday Hours

Posted on: December 1, 2016
Special Holiday Hours December 24th 7-1pm December 25th-CLOSED December 26th CLOSED December 31st 8-4pm January 2nd-7th CLOSED for a long Winter's nap January 9th re-open regular business hours read more …

Owl & Squirrel Event

Posted on: November 15, 2016
Come celebrate Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, November 25 and 26, by visiting East Walnut Hills and O’Bryonville.  There will be food, fun and live entertainment along with regular shuttle service between these two historic read more …

Makes our day Sweeter

Posted on: October 28, 2016
This is a picture of Holly Ward. On this day she was a one man show at Cincinnati’s Children's Theatre. Holly organizes and staffs most of our external events at The BonBonerie. This summer through dreadful heat and rain and wind, she single-handedly read more …

My Super Power

Posted on: October 19, 2016
Nothing has spoken to me more about what owning The BonBonerie has meant to me than a lithograph I have purchased  by Casey Riordan Millard called “My Super Power”. I recently hung it in the Cafe for you to see. I met the artist Casey read more …

My Personal PhotoFocus

Posted on: October 17, 2016
Photofocus Cincinnati, a citywide celebration and display of photographic images is well under way. I was hoping I could find a way for the BonBonerie to participate somehow. So I thought about how in my travels, I have always been delighted when I have the read more …


Posted on: September 12, 2016
FotoFocus is an exciting biennial event. It celebrates all things photography throughout Cincinnati this October.   I have been collecting photographs of International brides to share with you that I have seen on my travels. But I never really tire of read more …


Posted on: September 8, 2016
Collections I recently read about a show in New York City at The New Museum that was curated to assemble random collections, some from artists, others from your typical obsessive compulsive hoarder. One person had taken 5000 photographs of snowflakes, read more …

Angel Dress

Posted on: August 22, 2016
Angel Dress   This is a picture of the first dress I can remember. I loved it so much and called it my angel dress. Recently my sister returned it to me after discovering it in the bottom of her adult daughter’s closet. I am sure I gave read more …

Peggy O'Malley

Posted on: August 19, 2016
Recently a childhood neighbor of mine stopped in at The Bonbonerie and asked to see me. There was a glimmer of her childhood self in her face, but I hadn’t seen her in 50 years (that is something older people should never say as young people are in read more …

Handyman Badge

Posted on: August 8, 2016
The Handyman Badge  I imagine for some people the idea of owning a bakery is a dreamy idea. In this dream the day probably starts just as the sun begins to rise. I make a cup of coffee, and arrive at the bakery to enjoy a freshly baked cinnamon roll read more …

Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

Posted on: August 4, 2016

Did you know that it is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day today?? Stop by Channel 19 at 9:45 am today  to see our lovely cookie baker Heather talking about your favorite BonBonerie treats. Then stop by the bakery to pick up some cookies!!

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Al Silverglade

Posted on: July 26, 2016
Al Silverglade  Each person that opens their head and heart to us makes a difference. Most of you have never met the dear cheesemonger and food enthusiast Al Silverglade. He passed away a few years ago. You can witness the results of his thinking and read more …

Afternoon Tea w/ Alice In Wonderland

Posted on: July 18, 2016
Tags: Monthly News, Events, midwest, afternoon tea, Cincinnati
Nothing has made me happier as a business owner than developing great relationships in our community. A very treasured one that we have today is with The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, now in its new home on Red Bank Road.  A few years read more …


Posted on: June 22, 2016
Tags: Monthly News, midwest, Cincinnati
June 6, 2016 Babcock State Park, West Virginia  I am sitting in a cabin in the woods West Virginia. My husband is reading the paper over in the corner because I started a BIG fire in the fireplace . There was a bit of a chill here in the read more …

Hello Frankie!

Posted on: June 13, 2016
Tags: Monthly News, Holiday, midwest, torte, Cincinnati
It’s time to bring back our delicious chocolate peanut butter torte. Rich chocolate cake is layered with a light & fluffy peanut butter filling. We ice it in our fabulous peanut butter buttercream, enrobe it in a deep chocolate glaze, and finish it read more …

Midnight Gourmet

Posted on: June 2, 2016
Tags: Monthly News, midwest, Cincinnati
I have a good friend named Lorna who lives in the country. She invited my husband and me to a pot luck dinner party last Saturday. I haven’t been to a pot luck for a long time and I desperately wanted to make something that wasn’t a dessert, read more …

Cafe Open Friday Saturday Nights

Posted on: May 28, 2016
Tags: Events, cafe, midwest, Cincinnati
I guess I was never good at saying no. In fact, when I was a young woman it was part of my philosophy to say yes. The world was so wondrously appealing and I was a willing participant. So it shouldn’t surprise me that I have embraced another unknown. read more …

Poetry Reading

Posted on: May 18, 2016
Tags: Poetry, Monthly News, cafe, midwest
We are so excited to present the following poets in our new series of literary events at The BonBonerie. On Monday, May 23rd ,it will be a rare and beautiful evening for poetry as  BonBonerie has the privilege to present readings from Cincinnati’s read more …

Baseball Season is Now in Full Swing

Posted on: April 26, 2016
There were many reasons to celebrate. My sister Maureen had sold her house, my 91 year old Mother had been released from the hospital after 4 months and had moved back to her apartment, and it was Maureen’s birthday. I had sent out email invitations to read more …

Confessions of a Bakery Tourist

Posted on: April 12, 2016
Tags: Monthly News, midwest, Cincinnati
Whenever and wherever I travel I am compelled to seek out pastry shops and bakeries. We will be on our way to a play or museum and if I pass a bakery, I will turn to my husband and say, “I will just be a minute.”. Then I will run over to take a read more …

The UnBirthday

Posted on: April 5, 2016
Tags: Monthly News, Events, midwest, birthdays, Cincinnati, tradition
There were many reasons to celebrate. My sister Maureen had sold her house, my 91 year old Mother had been released from the hospital after 4 months and had moved back to her apartment, and it was Maureen’s birthday. I had sent out email invitations to read more …

Thank You!!

Posted on: March 31, 2016
Tags: Monthly News, midwest, afternoon tea, Cincinnati
On Wednesday, March 30th, CityBeat Magazine put on an event that celebrates who their readers have chosen for their favorites throughout the city. They have been doing it for many years. Like thousands of other Cincinnatians, I had saved their yearly Best Of read more …

It's all in the details!

Posted on: March 21, 2016
Tags: Monthly News, Holiday, august, midwest, torte
Easter is one of the great family holidays. As we often go our separate ways, Easter brings us to the table. What better way to celebrate the end of a great meal with one of our beautiful and delicious tortes. One of the traditions we honor again this year is read more …

Easter Tea

Posted on: March 20, 2016
Tags: Monthly News, Holiday, Events, cafe, midwest, brunch
We are not usually open on Sunday, but that was not going to let that stop Jessica, our cafe manager, from offering a tea brunch on Easter Sunday to our loyal customers. She and our Cafe chefs have been working on making this a feast worthy of such a special read more …

Joy of Cooking

Posted on: March 10, 2016
Tags: Monthly News, cafe, midwest, Cincinnati
I was interviewing a few prospective chefs last week for the Cafe. One of the questions I wanted them to answer was what chef or cookbook they wrap their cooking philosophy around? Who's culinary wisdom do they respect? What cookbook do they always fall back read more …

Befriending Artists

Posted on: March 1, 2016
Tags: Monthly News, Events, cafe, Cincinnati
Befriending artists has been one of the greatest joys of my life. As I headed off to Columbus College of Art and Design right out of my all girl, Catholic high school, full of suburban prejudices and innocence, it didn’t take me but a minute to feel read more …

"Master Baker"

Posted on: February 19, 2016
Tags: Monthly News, Events, scones, midwest, afternoon tea, Cincinnati
You may wonder who Iain Traughton is. The fourth year we were in business he came knocking at our humble door over on McMillan Avenue and wondered if we needed any help. He was all of 18, freshly arrived from Manchester, England with a smile and confidence read more …

Poetry Reading Feb 22 in our Cafe

Posted on: February 16, 2016
Tags: Monthly News, Events, midwest, afternoon tea, Cincinnati
I have two long time friends,one of whom is an artist and one who is a poet. They are Elizabeth and Robert Murphy. They have created a printing enterprise called Dos Madres Press out of their love for poets and poetry from their home in Loveland,Ohio. A few read more …

Something New

Posted on: February 11, 2016
Tags: Monthly News, Events, midwest, Cincinnati
This is a shot of Angela Hurtte, our award winning cookie decorator, who posed for me before giving a live demonstration of some of her techniques at the Retail Bakers Association Conference held on January 31st. Anytime you do something for a long time, read more …

What stories are made of

Posted on: January 26, 2016
Tags: Monthly News, Events, midwest, birthdays, Cincinnati
Visiting My Mom in the hospital ….. Julia Child and Lou    I was visiting my 92 year old Mother in the hospital today. My sister and I sat by her bed talking about my German Grandfather who was a fireman for the New York City Fire Department read more …


Posted on: January 20, 2016
Tags: Monthly News, Events, midwest
We never really planned to hire a majority of female employees when we started The BonBonerie 33 years ago, but that is how it has remained. With over fifty women of many different ages on our staff, we have celebrated the birth of multiple babies. In fact my read more …

I Love January!!!

Posted on: January 7, 2016
Tags: Monthly News, Holiday, Events, midwest, Cincinnati, tradition, birthday
I love January. The grey skies and cold weather appeal to me. I want to turn on the oven and look at cookbooks sitting at my kitchen table. It is also my birthday month, which I share with my brother and my son. Peter, my brother, was born two days and three read more …