VeryVera will close doors

(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff)Vera Stewart, founder and CEO of Very Vera bakery and catering, began her first job working the switchboards at Belk Matthews department store at age 15 and worked there through high school.

 

Vera Stewart announced Mon­day that she is closing her bakery and cafe in Augusta to focus on her cookbook and spending time with her family.

Stewart posted a letter on her Web site and to nearly 2,900 followers on Facebook stating that her cafe and retail business at 3113 Washington Road will close June 28. Her mail-order operation, which she has run for 20 years, also will shut down.

The shop will remain open in July for the VeryVera cooking camp and to sell remaining inventory.

Stewart said in her letter that she’s leaving the catering business after 30 years to focus on The VeryVera Cookbook and looks forward to “spending quality time with my husband, children and grandchildren.”

Stewart plans to continue taping The VeryVera Show, which airs Saturdays on television station WAGT. The cafe and retail store could reopen in 2014, Stewart said.

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