GROTON, Conn. -- The cookies were still warm, as were the pastries - fresh out of the oven, in fact. And the coffee was just brewed and piping hot.
Just the way a grand opening for a new bakery should be, with fresh pastries and customers eager to oblige in the culinary confections.
But this wasn't a commercial bakery opening to the public. Instead, it was the official opening on Thursday for the Arc of New London County's new general store and bakery here, just behind the Sacred Heart School.
The store and bakery are located on the first floor of the Arc's Thomas J. Sullivan Employment Transition Center at 52 Sacred Heart Drive. It's worth the visit, with hours from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily; you can grab a cup of coffee or baked goods, or browse through the jewelry, clothing items, greeting cards and crafts.
The store and bakery, managed by Allan Selserman under the leadership of employment director Kim Blair, is a hands-on, five-days-a-week training ground for those with intellectual and related developmental disabilities.