By Emilie Nadler
CONWAY — If you wake up early craving sweet treats and you live in Conway, chances are you've been to Leavitt's Bakery, which opens at 4 a.m. seven days a week.
Leavitt's Bakery recently received the Manchester Union Leader's Reader's Choice Award for Best Bakery. Though owner Ray Leavitt jokes and attributes the award to vote coercion, you can bet that the bakery's delicious pastries, all made fresh in house, have something to do with it.
Ray and Beth Leavitt have been baking up tasty treats since they opened their store on White Mountain Highway in 1976. Ray has been making doughnuts since his high school days in Bridgton, Maine. Now that he owns his own shop, he gets up every morning at 2 a.m. to begin the four-hour doughnut-making process. Ray makes them the old-fashioned way, and he says that's what sets his doughnuts apart.
"They're made here," he says. "They're handmade. And the plain and chocolate are actually hand-mixed. And that makes a big difference — and the almost 40 some years of experience."
The doughnuts come in every flavor, honey dip, old-fashioned glazed, chocolate frosted, and each one is more delicious than the next.
Though doughnuts are the best seller at Leavitt's, the shop also offers a wide variety of homemade pastries including croissants, Danishes, muffins, cookies and bread.
Leavitt's Bakery is located at 564 White Mountain Highway in Conway. For more information call (603) 447-2218.