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NYC’s famed Levain Bakery to open in Boston early next year

The bakery will make its Back Bay debut in February.

Levain Bakery
Cookies at Levain Bakery. Kate Previte

Levain Bakery first opened on Manhattan’s Upper West Side in 1995, starting out as a small bread shop but eventually gaining a global following for its crispy-on-the-outside, gooey-on-the-inside cookies.

In the years since, the company has expanded to nine locations across the Northeast. Next stop? Boston’s Back Bay, where it plans to open in February 2022.

Levain will open its first New England outpost at 180 Newbury St., a few steps away from Stephanie’s on Newbury, according to a news release. The store will offer a selection of five cookie flavors: chocolate chip walnut, dark chocolate peanut butter chip, dark chocolate chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, and two-chip chocolate chip, all of which will be baked in-house daily. Customers will also be able to find blueberry muffins and a variety of freshly baked breads, as well as milk and other beverages.

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Cofounder Connie McDonald, who dreamed up the concept with friend and cofounder Pam Weekes, is no stranger to the Back Bay. She spent a few years living in Boston after college and fell in love with the city; plans to expand Levain to Boston first emerged a couple years ago. When it opens, Levain’s Back Bay location will feature an open kitchen, along with distinct nods to its new neighborhood.

This technically isn’t the company’s first presence in Boston. Earlier this year, boxes of Levain’s cookies were introduced to the freezer section at Whole Foods nationwide, including select stores around the Boston area.

Follow Levain Bakery on Instagram at @levainbakery for up-to-date information on its Back Bay opening.

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