Here’s one for the “Say It Ain’t So” department.
The tweet your Whispers staff saw last week foretelling the closing of the renowned Klappenbach Bakery in Fordyce is true.
Klappenbach is an LA icon, serving Lower Arkansans since 1975 from its location in downtown Fordyce. Known for its made-from-scratch breads, cakes, pastries and donuts, Klappenbach has been featured in Southern Living and is a multiple “Best Bakery in Arkansas” winner in the Arkansas Times‘ Readers’ Choice Awards. The bakery began offering lunch in the late ’80s, and soon after added mail order service as well, in response to demand from beyond Dallas County.
Business is fine, turns out, but owners Lee and Norman Klappenbach simply are retiring. After all, Norman has been in the business more than 60 years, moving his bakery to Fordyce from Walla Walla, Wash., in ’75. The Klappenbachs had hoped to sell the bakery, but family members searched for potential buyers to no avail.
The last day of business is scheduled for Oct. 1. An employee told Whispers it’ll be just another Saturday at the bakery. But to folks in Fordyce, Dallas County and beyond, it’ll be a sad, sad day indeed.