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Savage's BakerySavage’s Bakery & Deli has been a Birmingham landmark for over 85 years. It first opened in 1939 by Mr. and Mrs. William Savage on Highland Avenue and later moved to its current location in Downtown Homewood on 18th Street South. When Savage’s Bakery was for sale in 1978, Van Scott, Jr., a Birmingham native, seized an opportunity to own one of the city’s finest bakeries. Only 27 years old and having recently received his MBA from the University of Alabama, Van followed through with his passion for baking and his goal to one day own his own business.

For Van, owning his own bakery has been a lot of work over the years - early hours and long days, and even longer when the holidays roll around. He has said many times that, “There is a lot of work that goes on in order to ensure all of our products meet the high standards we hold here at Savage’s Bakery. I have hard working employees and I couldn’t do it without them. We all work together and take pride in what we do each and every day for this business.” One employee, Ben Cook, has been working for Savage’s Bakery and alongside Van for 43 years and is considered to be the master of all the ovens.

Today, Savage’s is still well known for it’s Meltaways, Smiley Face Cookies,
Gingerbread Men, Butterflake Rolls, and of course the CAKES! They continue to use the original recipes, which take some time, but it makes all the difference when it comes to taste.

When the holidays approach, Savage’s Bakery will start baking a variety of pies:
Apple, Cherry, Pumpkin and of course Pecan; as well as their famous Butterflake,
Brookhouse and Parkerhouse Rolls. There will be dozens of Iced Turkey Cookies for Thanksgiving and Christmas Bells, Stars and Tree Cookies in December.
Special orders can be made to ensure each and every customer’s holiday season
will be one to remember.

Van stepped into retirement in 2021, but returned to the bakery in February of 2024 at the age of 72 to ensure that all of his employees are treated with respect and his customers leave the bakery with the same satisfaction and fondness they have felt for so many years.