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Anacortes’ European-style bakery, La Vie en Rose, will shut down at the end of next week after 16 years in business. The culprit: rising prices of natural gas, fuel, wages and ingredients. 

“I’m not making money,’ says Warren Tessler, the bakery’s owner for the past nine years. “The profit margin over the last few years has just gotten narrower and narrower,” he told a reporter recently.

He said the price to fill up a delivery van with gas has doubled and the price for flour has risen dramatically, particularly in the past year.

The La Vie en Rose Bellingham store will remain open under new ownership.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,942 Confirmed Skagit Cases
400-409 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

318 Hospitalizations
67 Deaths
44,613 Fully Vaccinated
57,198 Initial Doses Given


379,100 Confirmed Cases Statewide
22,614 Hospitalizations

5,539 Deaths Statewide
2,419,434 Fully Vaccinated
3,368,279 Initial Doses Given

Updated 6 pm, May 5, 2021.

County Map: Confirmed COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Skagit County. Updated weekly.

Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times