Ginger Betty’s for the Holidays All year long Ginger Betty’s Bakery keeps the holidays alive. When the calendar tells us it’s Christmas, our thoughts naturally turn to sweetness, spice and all things nice, and customers flock to Ginger Betty’s Bakery in Quincy, MA., for award-winning gingerbread houses. “There is so much fun and magic in the tradition,” says Beth Veneto, the owner of Ginger Betty’s. No matter how busy things get, Veneto never grows tired of seeing how eyes light up, particularly when children come into the bakery before the holidays. Even before she opened the shop 16 years ago, she designed and decorated gingerbread houses that were loved by all her friends. Realizing that creating holiday magic was more satisfying than her career in hospitality management, she decided that sharing a cookie is a great way to make a friend, not just during the Christmas holidays but all year round.
In 1995, Beth started Ginger Betty’s Bakery on Samoset Avenue. She doesn’t really think of herself as a baker but more like an architect and artist who uses gingerbread and frosting for the siding and roofs of her houses. Her cookies are also works of art. Food Network Magazine featured Veneto’s gingerbread replica of the publisher’s Connecticut home, and sent hundreds of Ginger Betty’s gingerbread men to important clients to launch the magazine. Local stores have used her gingerbread men for customer events to sell their merchandise.
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