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Earl Darny, owner of Lotta’s Bakery in San Francisco, believes in the old-time full-service bakery. He says an industry-wide decline in small neighborhood bakeries might discourage most prospective pastry entrepreneurs, but for him, it became an opportunity. Because Darny’s is the only shop in the bustling Polk Street district capable of handling immediate or peculiar custom orders, he has established a modest kind of monopoly in the area. Offering bread, cookies and amazing wedding cakes, Darny usually bakes with butter but even makes vegan pastries upon request. He is proud to say that Lotta's Bakery is thriving in a time when neighborhood bakeries are on the decline.