By Maria Isabel Cubillo
Shops and a pharmacy have come and gone from the Prado Center, but Kelly’s Bakery has prevailed for over two decades. Savon became CVS, Daiso opened, and other shops and restaurants have changed names, but not Kelly’s Bakery though it has changed management. The bakery is now managed by caked LA.
Kelly’s Bakery has been in the Monterey Park location since 1992, and in 2002 Kelly’s Bakery added a location in Chino Hills. Kelly’s Bakery is located at 2119 South Atlantic Blvd. in Monterey Park, and its second location is on 4200 Chino Hills Pkwy in Chino Hills.
Depending which location one is going to visit the business hours are different. The Monterey Park location has longer business hours, opened from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday to Thursday and on Friday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Chino Hills business hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday through Sunday.
The menu has stayed the same for the most part except for new additions: strawberry croissant, cake pop, green tea, and other drinks. May, a worker for the bakery, said that the clients’ preference of pastries has stay the same.
The most popular specialties are cream puffs, fruit tarts, and chicken pies. Depending on the day, Kelly’s Bakery may make 200 of the most popular specialties and on a weekend day around 400 will be made.
May described the retention of customers as “a lot of old costumers, and some new.” The bakery has begun to use Five Stars reward program. The reward program consists of one dollar earns you one point and after 25 points you can have one item free.
When school starts, more students come to the bakery. Students mostly come for the bread and also pastries. During the construction in ELAC, the bakery also had an influx of student customers.
One dollar mini-fruit tarts are an incentive to come and visit Kelly’s Bakery.