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Bakery 1818: Department store turned event venue opens in Madison


MADISON A new venue for events, Bakery 1818, has opened in the building that housed Busick’s Department Store during the town’s heyday. Bakery 1818, in the refurbished space at 100 W. Murphy St., drew a packed house to its grand opening celebration Feb. 9.

Owner Krystle Destafino has polished the hardwood floors of the stately building and recently remodeled its upstairs as a multipurpose area where bridal parties may dress and relax among Victorian furnishings.

The couple has also styled a downstairs bar with elegant sample cakes, chandeliers and champagne-glow lighting.

There’s no shortage of romantic touches throughout the building. A sign at the base of the staircase reads: “Happily Ever After Starts Here,’’ while a vintage-style bridal bouquet made of antique gold and rhinestone brooches rests on a side table near a giant room that brides can use for dressing or for cocktail parties.

A giant ivy circle, bedecked like a chandelier with blush rose bouquets, hung from the ceiling in the main event room, where guests may celebrate seated events or utilize the full room as a dance floor or reception area.


Sprays of ivory and pale pink roses and ivy graced curtain pullbacks and glass pillars held votive candles to mark an aisle, ideal for a bridal procession. Flowers were the work of one of the space’s preferred vendors, Soft Touch Flowers of Kernersville. Destafino and her mother-in-law, Maralyn Destifano, served up samples of specialty chocolate and fresh strawberry cakes to well-wishers, who had a chance to nosh on hot crab dip and cranberry-orange cocktail meatballs provided by Greensboro’s Culinary Visions Catering, another preferred vendor.


Bakery 1818 is available for special events ranging from weddings to murder mystery dinners and princess tea parties.

It is open by appointment only.

Learn more at or by calling 336-427-5277.

 Susie C. Spear writes for RockinghamNow. Contact her at 743-333-4101 and follow @SusieSpear_RCN on Twitter.