Bel Air’s upcoming bakery battle

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    Bel Air will soon be rolling in pastry dough. After seeing our local bakery numbers dwindle in recent years, Bel Air will soon be home to two long-time regional favorites. Woodlea Bakery, which has called Baltimore’s Gardenville neighborhood on Belair Road home since 1943, is expanding up north to the Belair Town Center in the old H&R Block office in between Weight Watchers and CR Wings. (Thanks for the Twittery heads up & pic @Jennifer_Joy!) Vaccaro’s cannoli and tiramisu destination spot in Baltimore’s Little Italy is expanding to the new “Lifestyle Center” at the Harford Mall, just across Route 24 from Woodlea’s new location. I just called Vaccaro’s and they say they expect their Harford Mall location to open near the end of November or early December. I called Woodlea, too, but I forgot that bakeries generally aren’t open on Mondays. (Update 11/3: They say they expect to open sometime in the next two weeks.)  I’ll try again tomorrow to get an opening date from them. If you peek through the windows at both locations, the interiors look well on their way to being finished. These new locations are likely to give our venerable Bel Air Bakery on Bond Street in downtown Bel Air a run for its money.

    The view inside Vaccaro’s new location at the Harford Mall