Colombian bakery shares Latin American culture in Gainesville

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) – Las Americas Bakery is located along northwest 34th Boulevard and opened in June. The owner, Barbara Tibaquira, is originally from Colombia but lived in Puerto Rico where she originally had a bakery.

When she and her family moved to Gainesville 6 years ago, she wanted to continue sharing Colombian tradition, culture and delicacies.

“It’s important for me because I wanted to open a place with a lot of different things from different countries. There are a lot of Hispanics coming to Gainesville, so give them what they miss from home while sharing with Americans,” Tibaquira said.

They wanted the bakery to be more than Colombian food. There are also treats from Venezuela, Puerto Rico and Honduras.

“We haven’t seen anything else like it, we’re primarily a bakery, not a restaurant. We just wanted to bring in lots of goodies from other places and Latin America for people in Gainesville to try,” said the owner’s daughter, Valentina Gomez.

These treats include empanadas, sweet and savory pastries, and single bread.

“We have a lot of yuca flour stuff and corn flour stuff. And a lot of things contain cheese. We do a lot of stuff with guava and dulce de leche,” Gomez said.

Gomez said people are always curious about the different breads they offer.

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