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Helen Bernhard Bakery celebrating 100 years in Portland

The longstanding shop will celebrate 100 year by offering cakes that showcase its history in Northeast Portland.

A historic photo of Helen Bernhard and a baker in front of a case of baked goods at Helen Bernhard Bakery.

History can be seen, and tasted, at Helen Bernhard Bakery.

Screenshot via KGW

Helen Bernhard Bakery is going to need to bake itself a big cake, because it’s turning 100 this year.

This achievement is a wish come true for the namesake baker. When Bernhard opened the Northeast Portland shop in 1924, it was one of the first woman-owned businesses in Portland.

At first, the business was located inside the Bernhard family’s home, but it relocated to Northeast Broadway in 1939 — its current location. When Helen Bernhard died in 1968, ownership was transferred to her son, Ben.

The bakery remains a sweet staple in the community, though ownership has changed a few more times. To give customers a taste of its history, the bakery will offer special cakes each month this year at celebration prices. This month, you’ll find a Boiled Icing Cake, the first cake sold at the bakery.

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