Bringing Figtree to this new location in Newburyport was a natural move for owners Michael Shea and Brian Murphy, both longtime fans of the city and the communities that surround it. If you were to describe the space as cozy you wouldn’t be wrong; it is indeed small, but also warm and inviting. While the kitchen onsite is very much in operation, the bakery also has a 1,000-square-foot space in Rollinsford, New Hampshire, that allows them to prepare dough and complete other prep work off site, making the quaint confines all the more manageable.
Shea attended culinary school “later in life,” as he describes it, and he and Murphy are both actively involved in planning the bakery’s menu, which includes signature items as well as a rotating selection of new recipes. Shea also credits Murphy with playing the role of “product line visionary,” overseeing everything from bakery renovations to décor and design choices. Many of Figtree’s established menu items could easily double as ideal additions to a holiday brunch, including their almond croissants, an item with such a devoted following that Shea says customers “make special trips for it.” Their morning buns and cinnamon French toast croissants are also not to be missed (all I can tell you about the French toast croissant is that it’s about ten times better than it sounds).
Dinosaur donuts are one of their most popular items with children and can be found in store or at the farmers’ market (In truth, you should arrive early if you want a chance of snagging one!) Their baby babka comes in cinnamon or Nutella, a choice that no person with a sweet tooth should ever have to make. Figtree has a full assortment of sweet and savory scones and tarts, macarons and so much more. Their wheat-free options include cookies, tarts, and scones, all with wheat-free doughs, which Shea says “have to be good, not just wheat free” to make the cut at Figtree.
The breakfast and lunch selections far exceed what you might expect from a bakery-type establishment, and include egg flat wraps (again gluten free options are also available) and sandwiches. Their quiches pull double duty as visually appealing additions to any holiday table and are just as delicious to eat, simply bring home and pop in the oven, no true cooking required on your part! The macarons are picture-perfect and make great hostess gifts (especially if the hostess happens to be you).