Some Crust’s well-aged shelves, new-ish door

 

I learned a couple of interesting facts recently about Some Crust, the bakery at 119 Yale Ave. that may be as perfect a summation of Claremont as any business in the Village.

There’s been a bakery at that location since 1916 — I’ll leave it to a Claremont expert to give me some names — with the Some Crust name inaugurated in 1978. The Feemster family bought it in 1997 and continues operating it today.

The door is notable for an aged-looking crossbar promoting Mother’s Bread. (Ray Collins, the Mothers of Invention co-founder and Some Crust regular, was once photographed pointing deadpan to the word Mother.) This isn’t the original door but rather was installed in 1993 when the movie “My Girl 2″ was filmed downtown. “That was one of the things they put here for set decoration,” manager Scott Feemster told me. Could’ve fooled me (and everyone else).

Inside, however, there’s a very old touch that might not be recognized as such. The shelves behind the counter have been there roughly a century, dating to a dry goods store in that storefront prior to conversion to a bakery in 1916, Feemster said.

There’s a little old and a little new at Some Crust, but it can be hard to tell the difference.

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  • Gavin

    Over 3200 miles away in Maine, located on an island, in the town of Southwest Harbor, in its Main Street, at the entrance of Sawyer’s Market, there handsomely hung is a screen door, on which you’ll find a very similar door bar signing the same bread phrase.

    Here is a picture of it,
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ellenxox/5208839169/in/set-72157625308324232

    Make you wonder about these vintage door bars in quaint little towns.

    • davidallen909

      Maybe a movie was filmed there too, ha ha. It’s a neat door either place, and I’m glad it’s there in Claremont, even if it’s not original to the location.

  • Bob House

    Am I the last reader to discover that downtown Claremont — alright, “The Village” — is finally on Google street view?

    • davidallen909

      It wasn’t? That answer might make me the last reader not to know that, if that makes you feel better.

      • Bob House

        I do feel better. It was blank up until a month or so ago (last time I looked).

    • Gavin

      Maybe this is another angle to… commemorate. Street View has some subtle indicators (double arrows and orange spots) at certain “featured” locations. Some Crust is one of these locations. When you follow the arrows, you will go OFF the street and get a 360-degree tour of the bakery’s interior. And then when you pan around inside, one of the images —through the window between the red door and the cupcake display— reveals the late Ray Collins sitting outside Some Crust!

      • davidallen909

        That is amazing. The only person in the entire panorama and it’s Ray Collins. Wow.