Former wrestler Bret “Hitman” Hart is a big hit with a Forest Glade bake shop.
Hart posted a picture of himself with boxes of baked goods on Instagram Friday night saying “I’m in heaven. Thank you @sugarspoonbakeshop for the delicious treats. This will be enjoyed by my whole family…that is if I don’t put a huge dent in it.”
Hart’s wife was going to place an order last week with Windsor’s Sugar Spoon Bake Shop but John and his baker/owner wife Loredana Froio decided they couldn’t charge the WWE Hall of Famer and would ship the pies and an assortment of baked goods free to Calgary for the Harts’ early Thanksgiving.
“It was just an honour that somebody of that calibre recognized a little bake shop from Windsor,” John Froio said Monday. “We’re starstruck about it. It’s like, it’s surreal.”
After the Friday Instagram post and as news spread through social media, customers congratulated them and came into the bake shop to take selfies over the weekend, John said Monday.
He grew up watching The Hitman Hart and said he’s so grateful. It’s not just the business boost. He said Hart is one of the greatest wrestling performers of all time and has done so much to represent Canada and help charities.
It started when the Froio’s son Theodore dressed up as the wrestler for Halloween two years ago. John and Theodore met Hart this spring at a Legends of Wrestling event in Detroit.
Hart remembered that he had done a short promo for the bake shop through a business that sells personalized messages from celebrities, John said. And he had sent pictures of his son dressed up as the Hitman Hart through social media.
John was shocked by Hart’s post Friday.
“I kind of stared at my phone a few minutes,” he said. “I can’t believe this. This is so cool.”
The couple spent a couple hundred dollars between the shipping and the goodies to send the Harts apple, pecan and pumpkin pies, and an assortment of treats baked at the shop. The Harts wanted pies but John said he couldn’t stop himself from sending more.
The Sugar Spoon Bake Shop at 3131 Forest Glade Drive focuses on classic homemade baked goods, stays open until 9 p.m. weekdays and is celebrating its third year in business this week.
“It was exciting,” said baker/owner Loredena of the social media buzz thanks to Hart.