Antique co-op adds to the appeal of The Belarussian Baker

by Leigh Elmore

The Belarussian Baker in Higginsville, MO is much more than just a bakery and tearoom these days. Just recently the bakery, which is located in the historic Asbury House, has added a co-operative antique shop consisting of 12 antique dealers lead by Sandy Wescott. She owns the popular Running Rabbit Antique Mall in Higginsville and is involved in various other antique marketing ventures throughout Lafayette County.

The Belarussion Baker is located in the historic Asbury House in Higginsville, MO.


Wescott said that her group of dealers have set
up in several of the first-floor rooms of the historic

house, giving it more of a homey atmosphere than would be found in a typical antique shop.
Look for a bounty of antiques, collectibles, repurposed and farmhouse décor along with many crafts and gift items, Wescott said.  

Natasha and Paul Corder own and operate the Belarussian Baker and Tea Room. Natasha is a native of Belarus and said she prepares several eastern European delicacies as well as treats more familiar to Americans.

"Our bread pudding is to die for," Natasha said. "We make it with cinnamon rolls."

The tearoom will be offering luncheon specials, bakery goods, teas and coffee. Both bakery and antique shop hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., with lunch served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Groups are welcome and may make reservations by calling 660-584-5995.
The address is 2010 Shelby St., Higginsville, MO 64037. 

Some of the antiques now available for sale.

Both this store and the original Running Rabbit location will be participating in the Higginsville Chamber of Commerce's 4th Saturday Shop Local event (look for signs for participating businesses in store window). (photos courtesy The Belarussian Baker)

Santa is on the front porch to welcome visitors.


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