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Del Mar Highlands Town Center is quickly becoming a well-rounded nosh zone. Burlap provides upscale yet accessible eats for the Highlander scenester sect;The Counter provides a good build-your-own-burger option; Urban Plates makes Souplantationers weak in the knees; and Cinepolis has dinner, a movie and then some. This all-purpose eating development is about to get even more appealing with the addition of Towne Bakery.

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Billed as a vintage American bakery, the spot will offer a variety of items made completely from scratch. Decadence will be a common theme. Butter, sugar and other such Paula Deen-ian indulgences will be used without the timid handling so prominent in this health-conscious part of town. Some of the more interesting bait the bakery will use to lure Del Mar kids of all ages will include pie pockets (pie filling encased in flaky crust) and whoopie pies. A variety of puddings, cheesecakes, cookies and other more standard bakery fare will also be available along with java from Stumptown Coffee Roasters, a popular Portland-based company offering farm-direct, small artisinal batch beans, which should serve as an appropriate means to wash everything down.

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The 1,200 square foot space will feature an interior design combining elements of the 1940s - schoolhouse light fixtures, black-and-white checkerboard floors and walls covered in cornflower blue subway tiles. Construction is currently underway, so renderings will have to do for now. Towne Bakery is scheduled to open in early March and will be located at 12925 El Camino Real, Suite AA5.

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