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A New Year is upon us…

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Relax. Take a deep breath. The craziness of preparing for Christmas has passed. We can be still for a moment and enjoy the fruits of our labor. Prior to the New Year, Christmas and Holiday giving remind us of the virtues of generosity and good will toward others. We focus on family and friends with feelings of nostalgia. It is now the time of year to reflect on what we have done during the last year and where we hope to go in the New Year. It is a time to thank those who have meant the most to us.

We at Oteri’s want to take this time to thank our dedicated staff and employees for their continuous, tireless hard work and commitment. It is their service and devotion to our bakery family that allows us to consistently put out quality, delicious cakes, pastries and other specialty products. We absolutely and emphatically must thank our incredible customers for their continued patronage and support and who have given us the ability to grow exponentially. We consider all of you our extended family.

This year we launched a new website, developed a line of designer shoe and sneaker cake toppers, a specialty line of pops, opened a new bakery location in Roxborough, increased and expanded our products, will be featured on TLC’s Bakery Boss and have been fortunate to enjoy sustained success. We are extremely grateful and look forward to the excitement and possibilities that the New Year will bring.

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The episode on TLC’s the Bakery Boss featuring Oteri’s Italian Bakery will air this Monday night December 30th at 9:00 pm. Make sure to watch! Follow us on Twitter @Oteris_Bakery so you can tweet about us during the show!

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At this time we would like to wish our “extended family” a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year…

From Our Family to Your Family with Love!

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Buddy “Cake Boss” Valastro helps transform Oteri’s Italian Bakery

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 PHILADELPHIA-AREA BAKERY TO BE FEATURED ON NEW TLC SERIES “BAKERY BOSS”

Buddy “Cake Boss” Valastro helps transform Oteri’s Italian Bakery

in an episode airing December 30 at 9/8c

TLC star Buddy Valastro, known as the CAKE BOSS, has a new series – BAKERY BOSS – that follows him as he travels across the country, bringing his famous blend of business skills and baking expertise to help other bakers that are struggling to make their American dreams come true.

In the episode airing December 30 on TLC, Buddy and his team visit Oteri’s Italian Bakery, based in Philadelphia, PA, to meet owner Lisa, who is still reeling from the loss of her father and mentor Tom. Since then, business has slowed but Lisa and her fiancé Jimmy have not wanted to make any changes. Buddy must help this stubborn family change their traditions, while still continuing to be true to the family legacy. And later, Buddy sets up a 12 foot long Philly cheese steak cake order to test their skills.

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Buddy turned his own family-run neighborhood bakery, Carlo’s, into a global destination, and understands the challenges of running a business – and the complications of doing it with relatives at your side. Now, Buddy will spend time helping this family in crisis, both personally and professionally, helping evaluate their every ingredient and technique, and challenging them to make big changes all in an effort to transform their crumbling dream into a sweet success.

BAKERY BOSS is produced for TLC by High Noon Entertainment.

Interviews, the full episode, and photos are all available upon request.

On air: BAKERY BOSS airs Mondays at 9/8c on TLC

Online: http://www.tlc.com/tv-shows/bakery-boss

Social media: #BakeryBoss, @TLC, @CakeBossBuddy

Press materials: http://press.discovery.com/us/tlc/programs/bakery-boss/

Don’t forget to FOLLOW US on TWITTER and tweet during the show?

Happy Holidays – From Our Family to Yours with LOVE!

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Making the Most of Your Holidays

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The holidays offer families countless opportunities to bond, share, celebrate and start traditions that make the holidays more meaningful. Traditions represent a vital piece of our past, shape who we are today and will help form the structure and foundation of who we are likely to become. Traditions, especially at holiday time, contribute a sense of comfort and belonging. They bring family and friends together and serve as an avenue for creating lasting memories. Whether it is sharing a pancake breakfast on Christmas morning or fulfilling an annual secret Santa wish for a family in need, no moment is insignificant when building traditions that make the holidays more meaningful. The bottom line is you should make the most of your holidays and have fun!

Sometimes it is easier said than done, so I am going to help by giving you some tips, ideas and activities! (Of course there is always baking or visiting the bakery to pick out all of your holidays goodies…but you knew I would say that!):

First of all don’t waste any of your holidays deciding what you want to do. Plan ahead and decide what you want to get done. Being organized and having a well prepared schedule is a good thing so you don’t end up cramming things in or not getting them accomplished, and then regretting the time you wasted. Second, give yourself variety with planned days of shopping, decorating, baking or visiting friends and days to relax consisting of catching up on emails, giving yourself a manicure or pulling out those holiday classics: Frosty the Snowman, How the Grinch Stole Christmas or Miracle on 34th Street and what Christmas would be complete without It’s a Wonderful Life?

Here are some fun things to do with the family while you are counting down to the big day:

Bundle up, grab some hot chocolate and visit a tree farm. Chances are you’ll do more than find a tree. Many tree farms offer sleigh rides and other family-friendly activities. The kids will love it! Make your own personalized ornaments by adding names, dates and photos to them. Then trim the tree together. I can assure you that you and your family smile every time you walk by the Christmas tree trimmed with your favorite memories. A holiday tradition and favorite for us is baking cookies and making a gingerbread house. Give kids a deeper sense of the holiday by having them make gifts. Drive around the neighborhoods to see all the festive house lights. Spice up your typical holiday celebration by introducing traditions from around the world. Learn to say happy holidays and sing carols in various languages, or add foods from other cultures to your holiday menu. Start a Christmas Eve Tradition by taking turns to read your favorite holiday stories. Create a digital holiday scrapbook so you can easily share your holiday memories with friends and family. These are just a handful of suggestions but there are a multitude of ideas to be discovered and shared. No matter how big or small just make them meaningful! Oh and remember, the Holidays are a time to indulge so eat, drink and party and DO NOT feel guilty about it!

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Don’t forget to tune into TLC on the new date; Monday, December 30 at 9:00 PM to watch The Bakery Boss featuring Oteri’s Italian Bakery! Follow us on Twitter @ Oteris_Bakery so you can tweet about us during the show.

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Wishing you Happy Holidays…
From our Family to Your Family with Love!

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