EASTON — As Turnbridge Point in Denton celebrates its fourth anniversary, owners Rob Griffith and Chef Steve Konopelski have announced the opening of Turnbridge Talbot, a bakeshop and café expansion in Easton.
Turnbridge Talbot is located on Goldsborough Street near the corner of U.S. Route 50 and across from The Country School. The opening is scheduled for later in October.
Turnbridge Talbot will offer daily selections of fresh-baked pastries, breads, and cakes, grab-and-go lunch items, and a selection of coffee and beverages. It will also function as the design studio and production facility for Konopelski’s couture wedding and special occasion cakes. The café will include eat-in seating for guests with sneak peak views of the cake decorating room.
“Since starting our business, we’ve witnessed a true desire for quality baked goods,” Konopelski said. “We are very excited about expanding the Turnbridge brand, and bringing more of our from-scratch pastries to a greater portion of the Eastern Shore.”
Konopelski and Griffith have gained a strong regional following through their flagship bakery, bed and breakfast, and catering facility, Turnbridge Point. Prior to opening Turnbridge Point, Konopelski studied pastry arts at the French Culinary Institute (now the International Culinary Center), and worked at notable New York restaurants and hotels and as the assistant to a James Beard Award winning pastry chef.
Konopelski received national recognition as a runner-up on Food Network’s Holiday Baking Championship in 2015, as a contestant on Food Network’s Baking Championship — Runner-up Redemption in 2017, and as the winner of Food Network’s Haunted Gingerbread Showdown last fall. Konopelski is also a familiar face on WBOC’s DelmarvaLife.
“This expansion is coming at the perfect time to meet the escalating baking demands that our current kitchen is experiencing, and we couldn’t ask for a better business group to share the space with,” Griffith said.
Griffith and Konopelski got married and moved to Denton in August 2014 with their sights set on opening a bed and breakfast.
Konopelski had previously transitioned from the Broadway stage to pastry arts, gaining hospitality experience at several notable New York restaurants, hotels and inns, including a lengthy stint under a James Beard Award winning pastry chef.
Griffith is a patent attorney with a firm that handles Samsung Telecommunication patents.
The couple moved to Denton to be closer to family and to pursue a business where their talents could be combined. Through the coordinated efforts from the Town of Denton, Caroline Economic Development Corporation, the Caroline Office of Tourism, Department of Health and MJH Construction, renovations at 119 Gay St. began in February 2015, with much of the concentration on commercializing the kitchen.
Turnbridge Talbot will share the building with the Bountiful Interiors family of brands, including Bountiful Home, Bountiful Flooring, and Jamie Merida Interiors, which are relocating from the Talbot Towne Shopping Center. The grand opening celebration for Bountiful Interiors will take place on Friday, Sept. 20 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 803 Goldsborough St.
In addition to the bakeshop and café, the new building will include a furniture and home accents showroom, a flooring showroom, and an interior design studio space. Jamie Merida, owner of Bountiful, has been featured in leading design publications, and serves clients throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.
In addition to celebrating its new location, Bountiful will mark its 20th anniversary in Easton. The event will also be a fundraiser to support Channel Marker, Inc. with 20% of the evening’s sales donated to the organization.
“Thanks to the incredible support of the local community, Bountiful keeps growing year-over-year and we were in desperate need of a bigger space,” said Jamie Merida, Bountiful owner. “After 20 years, we thought it was time to make an investment in our own property that we can fully customize to meet our needs. We are absolutely thrilled to see that vision come to fruition.”
Merida said he was excited about partnering with Channel Marker for the grand opening event.
“We always like to leverage our events to support the community, and this is our first time working with Channel Marker,” he said. “They do such important work to help individuals with mental illness lead more fulfilling and independent lives, and we’re so pleased to help support their mission.”
Merida said incorporating Turnbridge Talbot into the new building made a lot of sense for both businesses. “We love that our customers will be able to grab a coffee and a treat while they shop,” he said. “And between interior design and cake design, there’s going to be so much creativity happening under one roof!”
Turnbridge Point will continue normal operations in Denton throughout the expansion process and after the opening of Turnbridge Talbot in Easton. Turnbridge Point opened its doors to guests in May 2015 and occupancy during that first summer far exceeded expectations. Turnbridge Point also began offering on- and off-site catering and personal and group baking classes under Chef Steve.
“Due to popular demand, they also began selling pastries at Denton’s Farmer’s Market and holding a monthly brunch so anyone could experience Chef Steve’s culinary delights,” said Joseph Anderson, CEO of Combined Technology Solutions in Ridgely.
In late 2015, Konopelski was selected as one of ten contestants to appear on the “Holiday Baking Championship” on Food Network where he successfully navigated each challenge during the eight episodes, even winning a few, and finished as one of the top three finalists.
For more information about Turnbridge Talbot, visit turnbridgetalbot.com.
Bountiful is known for its “traditional made modern” aesthetic. The Jamie Merida Interiors design studio serves clients throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond. The studio’s work has been featured in leading publications, such as Southern Home, Romantic Homes, Home & Design, Chesapeake Views, The Cottage Journal, and House Beautiful. Owner Jamie Merida designs a furniture and home accents collection under the brand Jamie Merida Collection for Chelsea House. For more information, visit jamiemerida.com.