Popular Port Adelaide business, Mayfair Bakery and Patisserie has reached a milestone in its operations, as it celebrates its 150th birthday.
Mayfair’s tradition started by feeding the sailors, sea captains and warfies, as tall ships sailed through what is now the Port Canal. This was the same year that Port Adelaide Football Club was founded, so this is an important link for two iconic local identities.
Official celebrations were postponed twice due to COVID restrictions, but in January 2021, guests attended a party at the local Port Adelaide’s Folklore café that was officiated by Governor Hieu Van Le.
As the second-longest-running bakery in South Australia, behind Balfours, Mayfair Bakery and Patisserie is synonymous with Port Adelaide, and has been baking fresh cakes, pies and pastries since 1870.
Mayfair has remained a favourite at its home in St Vincent Street, Port Adelaide, and faced changes over time with the Spanish flu, two world wars, the great depression, the global financial crises, and last year, the COVID pandemic.
Owner Phil Donnelly said that during COVID trade was strong, but the business was hit hard, so he started exploring some different way of doing business.
“Fortunately, we have a strong following, and through COVID people really backed small, family businesses like ours,” he said.
“One thing I’ve noticed with Port Adelaide, once you get to know people, they’re very supportive and loyal.
“I also had a lot of new customers – people working from home or people who started working in Port Adelaide.”
“Due to COVID, I started exploring some new options and different ways of selling our products,” he said.
Mr Donnelly developed larger sizes and new packaging for one of the bakery’s most popular items, its gluten-free baked cheesecakes, and he is now talking to independent supermarkets about stocking these products.
“Being able to share my creativity with my baking, and seeing the same faces of my customers every day…it’s very rewarding,” he said.
“We are deeply commitment to working with the Port Adelaide Enfield council and local job agencies to support work experience and training for the youth of our area, equipping them with the skills to progress and to find employment, with many being employed by us.
It’s these commitments that make Mayfair Bakery and Patisserie more than just a bakery.
“We are a trainer and ambassador and a long-standing light house showcasing what and who Port Adelaide is.
“Staff who have walked through our door on work experience, have now become leaders in our business and will continue to grow as they are the future of Mayfair.”
“We will continue to use the freshest of local produce, to supply the best quality food possible, to provide the best customer service possible and to continue to do what we do,” he said.
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