The French word “pâtisserie” is defined as “a type of French bakery that specializes in pastries and sweets.” If pastries and sweets are your cup of tea, you are in luck, because there is one such place much closer than France.
Elle’s Pâtisserie is neatly tucked away on the corner of Pickwick Avenue and Cherry Street no more than a few minutes from Missouri State’s campus. Owner and operator Elle Feldman opened her shop on Feb. 14, 2011, and has had been successful in selling her handcrafted truffles, pastries and ice cream.
The small, yet cozy, shop is decorated with an “everything France” theme; the colors and decor inspired by a trip to France that Feldman took two years ago.
Feldman has been baking since childhood with the women of her family and she and her husband Jon do all the baking themselves with the help of their 5-year-old son, Oliver.
“My husband and I are self-taught. I make the truffles and he does the pastries and ice cream,” Feldman said. “We really make what we like to eat but then, of course, also what sells best.”
Elle’s Pâtisserie offers a variety of specialty edibles including almond croissants, sweet and creamy lavender ice cream, raspberry chocolate meringues and rocky road bars. To accent these sweet treats, Elle’s also sells coffee that is French-pressed by hand or, for non-coffee drinkers, either salted or spicy hot cocoa served with homemade marshmallows. Oh, and how could one forget the ever-so-popular chocolate-covered bacon. Is your mouth watering yet?
“Everything is handmade in small batches. There are no preservatives and nothing is processed,” Feldman said. “We don’t always have everything at all times because it will expire. It’s kind of like ‘what we’ve got is what we’ve got’ but it’s really, really fresh. So if you’re going to eat the calories and the treats, make sure it’s not processed and preserved.”
Springfield resident Jessica Idleman has been a regular customer since Elle’s opened back in February. She commented on the uniquely crafted edibles that Elle’s offers.
“The quality of the pastries is remarkable for Springfield and the artistry that goes behind the making of the truffles is something that is very foreign to Springfield,” she said.
Elle’s Pâtisserie was featured in 417 Magazine as runner-up for “Best Sweets Shop” and participated in the Ozark Public Television Wine and Food Celebration “Sugar Rush.” Elle’s was also a part of Springfield’s “Art and Romance of Chocolate” to help raise money for The Springfield Art Museum.
You can get more information about Elle’s Pâtisserie online at http://ellespatisserie.com or you can like them on Facebook.
All advertising for Elle’s is by word-of-mouth and press coverage, but Feldman said the small size of her shop makes it unique and it seems to keep customers coming back for more, whether it be for a special event or just to indulge in a small treat.