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.