Around 1820, the soaring masonry premises of this place were a repair yard for high-masted ships. Today, every inch of the cavernous room is filled with gift items (glassware and baked goods) which are created, displayed, and sold as part of an extraordinarily seamless entrepreneurial process. Somehow, the gift items here taste better and look more valuable because visitors are made aware of how they were made. During peak season, as many as 4,000 people a day wander through this historic factory, marveling at the shimmering beauty of the handblown, handcrafted glass items at one end of the room, and the unctuous flavors and aromas emerging from the "microbakery" at the other. (A microbakery specializes in a high volume of a very limited number of products -- in this case, 10 different flavors of rum cakes.) Wendy Avery and Tony Johns are the crusty, hardworking owners who sell their cakes for between $13 and $40 depending on the size, and the glass objects for between $2.50 and $700 depending on their complexity and size.
- © Frommer's 2013
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