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Nibbles Specialty Bakery | Best of Whidbey 2008
Its all about turning ideas into edible masterpieces. Ask Nibbles Specialty Bakery owner Ruth Culbertson.
The Oak Harbor business was voted second best bakery on Whidbey, a worthy distinction for the two-year-old indulgence center, finishing just behind the more institutional Safeway bakery.
Everything we make is fresh and made from scratch with real ingredients, Culbertson said of the quality Nibbles not only strives for but achieves.
The bakery owner and her fabulous staff watch ideas grow from infancy into creations like their caramel apple cheesecake.
Were playing around with cheesecakes right now, she said. Were always trying new things. We solve puzzles. Thats what we do.
Puzzles can take several forms. Sometimes it means searching for the perfect ingredient. Other times its working with a customer to fill a last-minute order. Either way, Nibbles is ready.
Were always there to accommodate, the owner said.
Culbertson came by her vocation honestly. Growing up in a baking family, she witnessed the process firsthand. Then she took it to the next level and the vocation morphed into a calling.
All the women around me baked, she said. But its a different world when youre doing it commercially. We actually have some family favorites on the menu.
Culbertson arrives at the Dock Street bakery around 7 a.m. to clean and get everything prepped for the businesss 9 a.m. opening. After that, she is loathe to speculate on what the day will bring.
Im not sure I have a normal day, she said with a laugh. Sometimes I know what Im doing in the morning, but thats not always the case. Thats what makes it fun.
A Nibbles existence is anything but mundane. Ideas are constantly bouncing around the bakery.
It comes from everywhere, Culbertson said of the inspiration phenomenon. Sometimes the ideas come from customers. Sometimes from staff. Well try just about anything.
From biscotti, to a plethora of pastries, to quiches and potpies, to an unbelievable, and ever-changing selection of cheesecakes and cookies, the only problem for the customer is whittling down the choices.