TOWANDA - The T-Town Bakery, a new business in downtown Towanda, had its grand opening on Tuesday.

The bakery, located at 517 Main St., sells pastries, cupcakes, cookies, cinnamon buns, custom-made cakes, and other baked goods, as well as regular and flavored coffees, said Leo Wills Jr. of Monroeton and his wife, Brenda, who own the establishment. A two-door cooler for sodas is expected to arrive at the beginning of July, they said.

The bakery has three tables, each with four chairs, which customers can use while they eat their treats.

The Wills said they undertook a major renovation to the building after purchasing it in December.

"We gutted it," Brenda Wills said. The Wills said they installed new interior walls, a commercial kitchen, and a handicapped-accessible bathroom.

They said they preserved the original tin ceiling above the retail area of the bakery, and kept that area's hardwood floor as well as an interior brick wall.

The building dates back to the 1800s, said Leo Wills. "I believe it was built in 1869," he said, adding that he had not had time yet to do the research to confirm the construction date.

"The interior (of the bakery) is amazing," said Sharon Kaminsky of the Central Bradford County Chamber of Commerce. "They kept the flavor of the original (building). It's just perfect for a nostalgic bakery."

At the same time, the Wills have added a "modern twist" to the interior by painting a section of the interior walls with "strawberry, chocolate and vanilla" colors, which she said is just right for a bakery.

Brenda Wills said she had been baking in her home for 10 years for friends and family, prior to opening the bakery.

"She (Brenda Wills) had a lot of people requesting that she start up a bakery," her husband said.

"We had wanted to do this for quite a long time," he continued. "We finally decided last year that it was time to take the step and start a whole new adventure."

Brenda Wills said they decided to name the business the T-Town Bakery because "T town" is a nickname that her friends have used for Towanda.

Brenda Wills said that while raising her two sons, she had worked full-time at Memorial Hospital as a registration clerk in the admissions area and as a coder in the medical records department. She said she resigned from her job at the hospital last month to start the bakery. She said she does "pretty much" all the baking at T-Town Bakery.

"Everything is made fresh daily," Leo Wills said.

Leo Wills said he had worked for 14 years at Procter & Gamble as a paper maker and recently got a new job as an assembler at Hilliard Corp. in Elmira, N.Y.

The bakery is located where 88 Printers & Graphics had been located.

The phone number of the bakery is 268-YUMM (268-9866).

The business also makes wedding cakes.

James Loewenstein can be reached at (570) 265-1633; or email: jloewenstein@thedailyreview.com.