In the weeks leading up to the grand opening of Baked Pastry Shop, in the Wayside Village shopping center in Marmora, visitors often would walk by and peer in through the windows to see what the new business would be, said Corey Taylor, owner and head pastry chef.

Baked Pastry Shop is a gourmet shop offering a wide selection of unique, high-quality and homemade desserts created by Taylor and his culinary crew, including apple pie cheesecake, dulce de leche, poached pear tarts and more.

The shop took the spot of Good vs. Evil Games & Comics, Taylor said. The Wayside Village shopping center is located directly behind the ShopRite, in the Marmora section of Upper Township.

Baked Pastry Shop had its official grand opening in mid-November, but before that, Taylor sold his pastries wholesale to area restaurants under the Baked Pastry Shop business name. Some of the local restaurants that purchase desserts wholesale from Baked Pastry Shop include The Lobster House in Cape May and Baia in Somers Point. Taylor also caters for the management group that runs Cuba Libre in the Tropicana in Atlantic City and also has a restaurant in Philadelphia.

Taylor said everything offered at Baked Pastry Shop is made entirely in-house.

"Down to the curls of tempered chocolate garnishes," he said.

Taylor, a Cape May native currently living in Somers Point, is a graduate of the Atlantic Cape Community College's Academy of Culinary Arts, with a focus on pastries. The Baked Pastry Shop's location is the result of Taylor's lifelong career goal.

"Pastry making is an art," he said. "There's a lot of chemistry and creativity that goes into it."

Taylor's pastry assortment is constantly changing, in keeping with the seasons and customers' demands. Some seasonal favorites include a campfire s'more, which is made with smoked chocolate ganache and toasted marshmallows, sandwiched by two graham cracker tarts, and the poached pear tart.

"When the blueberry season comes around, this is the place you'll want to be," he said.

Taylor sets his standards high, promising his customers a great product made without hydrogenated oils and preservatives. Instead, he uses local ingredients.

Baked also carries Harry & Beans coffee blends, a fair-trade certified, organic coffee bean company owned by Harry and Jill Gale, of Ocean View.

The Gales hand-select and roast the beans, which come from six countries, and Taylor grinds the beans in Baked.

Harry Gale said his buyers tend to be business owners who care about minute details and want only the best in their business.

"He knew what he wanted," Gale said of Taylor.

Kathy Doto, co-owner of Izzadorables, a clothing and accessories boutique in the Wayside Village shopping center, said it is bittersweet to have a Baked Pastry Shop a stone's throw from her business. More sweet than bitter, though.

"Unfortunately, I'm there every day more than once," Doto said. "One day, I had a blueberry muffin for breakfast and a chocolate cookie for lunch."

Contact Elisa Lala:

609-463-6713

If you go

What: Baked Pastry Shop

Where: Wayside Village shopping center,

32 Tuckahoe Road, Marmora

More info: Harry & Beans Coffee blends also are available for online purchase via a link at harryandbeanscoffee.blogspot.com.

Contact: Call 609-390-0515.