By Richard Rourk
A landmark in downtown Erwin has been repackaged and the results are sweet.
The former Choo Choo Cafe, which is now located next door to the original 111 South Main Ave. address, is now home to the Commons on Main.
The Commons on Main, which now houses Whisk Bakery and North Ridge Community Church Erwin Campus will officially open during the First Friday event that will be held on Friday, July 3.
“We started services a few weeks ago and are now so happy to be able to partner with local businesses for First Friday each month,” North Ridge Community Church Erwin Campus worship pastor Gary Schwenke said. “We have close relationships already with, of course, Whisk, but also Erwin Outdoor Supply and Union Street Taproom owners Michael and Tara Baker. We look forward to partnering with downtown businesses and to continue to provide growth in Erwin.”
According to Schwenke, North Ridge has been keeping the facilities disinfected to provide a safe place for service on Sundays.
“We are currently seeing hundreds of people attend our two-a-day services and we are doing everything from providing hand sanitizer for our guests, but also cleaning before and after services and keeping masks available as we meet,” Schwenke said.
Whisk Bakery has been open for business for a week and according to Whisk Bakery owner Ali Wainwright, business has been good.
“Business has been very busy,” Wainwright said. “I have been overwhelmed by the amount of support everyone has shown.”
According to Wainwright, being a neighbor to North Ridge Community Church has been a win-win situation.
“The space in The Commons on Main has been perfect, with the window seating, and old-meets-modern charm,” Wainwright said.
Wainwright is already preparing some of the bakery’s favorites for Friday’s official opening. “Some of our most popular items have been the eclairs, our colossal chocolate chip cookies and the chocolate salted caramel cake,” Wainwright said.
According to Wainwright, participating in First Friday has been something she has been looking forward to.
“I am excited about another opportunity to provide a fun reason to stay in Erwin on a Friday night,” Wainwright said. “I want everyone to be able to love where they live, and any opportunity there is to further that is something Whisk wants to be a part of. The opening of this building has been a long time coming, but we have trusted the timing of it each step of the way and are excited to see how it will be used. Thank you to everyone who has already come out to support my small business. My heart is overwhelmed at the love you all have shown to my dream.”
North Ridge Community Church Erwin Campus has services on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. As for Whisk, the hours are in the process of being ironed out.
“We are still tweaking our hours to try to keep up with demand,” Wainwright said. “Right now, our hours are Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, 11 a.m until 5:30 p.m. Our menu changes weekly, but we always have some standard menu items.”
You can follow North Ridge Community Church Erwin Campus on Facebook and you can find examples of what has been in Whisk Bakery’s cases on Instagram and Facebook.