Springfield residents were among the hundreds who lined East Broad Street in Westfield Sunday morning hoping to catch a glimpse of Buddy Valastro, star of TLC's 'Cake Boss.'
April Adams and Anthony Tedesco, big fans of the show, got in line at 10:15 a.m. ahead of the 11 a.m. opening, to wish Valastro and his now-famous family well as they celebrated the ribbon cutting at Carlo's Bakery, the newest offshoot of their flagship Hoboken store.
Aspiring bakers Logan and Lindsay Biebelberg of Springfield and Shira Kalet of Millburn brought Valastro and crew some homemade apple cookies to welcome them to the neighborhood.
"I love to bake," Lindsay Biebelberg said. "It's fun."
Valastro's crew agrees. Vinny Tubito of Carlo's said the bakers had been busy for "three-to-four days straight and all through last night" preparing for the big day.
Valastro was calm and cool amid the flurry of activity inside his newest bake shop. He and other 'Cake Boss' favorites, including Mauro & Maddalena Castano, posed for photos with fans and local officials. Valastro said he is "ecstatic" about his newest store and added that seeing the crowds waiting to greet him touched his heart.
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