Date: August 24, 2013 09:23PM
"Does anyone remember where Heck's bakery was located?'
I wanted to say that there is still a bakery where Heck's used to be, on Roscoe near Seeley. It is now called Rudy's. I believe Rudy used to be a baker at Heck's, and later, when Heck's was closing, bought their recipes. Although not as all-around fantastic as Heck's (I think the butter content of the cookies is less, for instance), some vestiges of the great stuff you'd remember from the Heck's days, such as the chocolate chip coffee cake, and the wonderful, dense, "Heck's Special" coffee cake are still there and taste just as good.
There was also a great bakery on Belmont, about a block west of the Belmont/California/Elston intersection, called Nyberg's. For a while, in the '90s, I lived not far from there, and would go almost every Saturday morning. Fantastic sweet rolls and cheesecakes. That's been gone a number of years now too; a real shame.
AND, I vaguely remember a bakery on the corner of Leavitt and Grace, back in the early '70s. I don't know the name.That was a great little area, totally tucked into a residential neighborhood, blocks away from major streets. there was a bar on the SE corner of Leavitt and Grace, the bakery was on the SW corner, Al's barbershop was a half-block west on Grace, housed in a tiny building which surely was originally built as a two-car garage, and across the street from him was the George Weiss meat market, also in a garage-sized shop. Only the bar is still there today. (Al the barber just retired this year, 2013, after being in that little shop since 1972 or so.)