Why Annette’s bake shop closed early this offseason
HOW YOU CAN HELP
To support the Docimos while fiNo undergoes chemotherapy treatment, visit: www.gofundme.com/z76qrck8
As many hungry locals have noticed, Annette’s Mountain Bake Shop closed its doors early for the offseason this year.
When the bakery will reopen remains largely unknown, as co-owner Fino Docimo is seeking medical treatment for a recent unexpected diagnosis.
About a month ago, Fino, who runs the quaint Hyman Avenue bakery with wife Annette, visited the doctor because he wasn’t feeling well, according to the couple’s daughter, Christina Holloway.
When the family learned a tumor was found in Fino’s bladder, they were shocked.
“That was the last thing I ever thought my dad would have to deal with,” Holloway said. A longtime diabetic, Fino has been able to manage the disease solely through diet and exercise.
Annette and Fino closed the bake shop the following Tuesday. On Wednesday — a week after his initial doctor’s visit — Fino underwent a biopsy.
Two days later, doctors told the Docimos that the tumor in Fino’s bladder was cancerous.
“It was really a big shock, for sure,” Holloway said.
Doctors are now trying to determine the stage of cancer and whether it has spread, Holloway said.
From waiting tables to opening their own restaurant together, Fino and Annette have made their mark on the local culinary scene since the early 1990s, when the couple moved to Aspen with their two daughters.
In 2012, they opened Annette’s Bake Shop on the pedestrian mall — and not even cancer can keep Fino away, it seems.
Holloway said Fino has sneaked into the bakery a few times lately and baked bread for friends and some of the people he’s used to serving regularly.
When Fino isn’t whipping up baguettes, Holloway said her father is taking care of himself, exercising, eating well and “strengthening his body for whatever’s next.”
Fino also is trying to understand more about cancer, said Holloway, who runs the Cottage Preschool and is mother of three young boys herself.
“Dad seems to be up and down right now,” she said, adding that Annette’s could remain closed anywhere from six weeks to three to six months, but that it’s tough to predict because there are still so many unknown answers.
“We’re hoping for the better scenario, but we really don’t know,” Holloway said.
A family friend of the Docimos created a GoFundMe page to help raise money toward Fino’s medical expenses and supplemental income while the shop is closed.
“As many of you know, Fino and Annette have Annette’s Mountain Bake Shop in Aspen,” the site states. “With his upcoming chemo treatments and hospital visits, he will be unable to work. We know many of you will miss doughnuts, breads and sandwiches. Let’s help him get healthy and back to work to provide these yummy treats that he cooks with love.”
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