GONZALES, LA (NBC33) — People in Gonzales are saying goodbye to a piece of the city's history. Cal's Bakery closed it's doors Thursday after decades in business. So, loyal customers lined up to say their final goodbyes.
"It is. It's very sad. It's just something you always thought would be around," Janice Carter said.
That's how most of the people standing outside the bakery feel. Some of them have been waiting here for hours, because Thursday, a piece of Gonzales history is closing its doors.
"I'm very sad because like I said I've been coming here all my life. They make my birthday cake. They've made my wedding cake, and I've lived in a lot of places, but this is the best chocolate covered donut I've ever had," Carter said.
After more than 60 years, Cal's Bakery is turning off their ovens. The owners decided to sell their business, but for customers this is more than just a business. For Gretchen Tullier, this is a piece of her history
"When I say thank you for the memories, I mean it literally. Birthday cakes, shower cakes, graduation cakes, this is the place to go, and it's sad that it's closing," Tullier said.
"We've been coming here for years, from generations on down," Homer Spaht said. "It's a local business that you hate to see closed."
The line was out the door, but customers said they don't mind the wait because it's worth it.
"When I walk into the door, she says "Well, how many do you want?" because she knows exactly what I'm coming to get," Tiffany Johnson-Landry said.
Whether it's their donuts or their infamous brownies, everyone has a favorite.
"The gingerbread," Ally Williams said.
"I'm kind of sad because I used to come here with her and get brownies," David West said.
"I'll get some chocolate covered donuts and some brownies," Carter said.
But now that they're closing, customers wonder what's next.
"I don't think anyone else around here's going to be able to make that same stuff," Johnson-Landry said.
"I don't know. I'll have to make some at home," West said.
I did try reaching out to the owners, but their hands were pretty full.