• Polish Bakery Closes In Hamtramck After 100 Years

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    A Polish bakery that had been a neighborhood fixture for 100 years closed on Saturday, a victim of changing tastes in an ethnically diverse area on the Detroit-Hamtramck border.

    “We grew up here, all of us. We use to come here when were little and run around. Now I see kids in here and it reminds me of my childhood, it’s sad,” said Michelle Gjorgeski of New Deluxe Bakery.

    The New Deluxe Bakery for years was known for 15 types of doughnuts, a dozen breads and of course, paczki, the jelly-filled sweets enjoyed before the Christian sacrificial season of Lent.

    “It’s amazing to see what people think all these years,” said Michelle.

    “I’m 34 and I’ve lived here my whole life. I’ve always came here to get the doughnuts, the pastries and the bread,” said customer Cheri Bist.

    Owner Rose Gjorgjeski said that the area no longer is dominated by Poles or others of European descent or auto workers who were steady customers. Her husband’s health was a factor, too, in the decision to close.

    “The younger people are going to Sam’s Club, Costco and Meijer where you can go to one place to get everything,” said Rose, 55, whose family bought the bakery from a cousin in 1986. “Years ago, you would go to the butcher for meats and the fruit store for fruits. People like to go to one place now.”

    Elizabeth Kowalski, 87, picked up bread, cookies and doughnuts in the final days.

    “It’s hard to believe this place won’t be here,” she said. “I’ve been coming here for 70 years, at least.”

    Hamtramck, a city of 23,000, has immigrants from the Middle East, Bangladesh and Africa.

    “No one ethnicity is the dominant demographic anymore,” Mayor Karen Majewski said.

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