Baked goods have been part of our diet for thousands of years, thanks to the art of baking that was refined during the Roman Empire. Baking was considered to be a highly skilful art and the early Romans were extremely fond of consuming baked goods. Baked goods were frequently demanded during important occasions such as weddings and feasts and because of the fame that baking received around 350 B.C., baking emerged as an honourable occupation and line of work for Romans.
Today, however, some form or the other of baked goods has become a staple diet in the life of an average American. This is why, bakeries or baker's shops are extremely popular across the nation as they produce and sell a great variety of baked goods such as bread, pies, cakes and pastries. Most bakeries also function as coffee shops, offering tea and coffee to buyers who look forward to eat freshly baked goods at the establishment.
These days, there are specialised bakery shops that offer services for specific occasions and events such as birthday parties, weddings, anniversaries and sometimes even baking services for corporate events.
The commercialisation of bakery stores and the sale of baked goods have now infiltrated even grocery stores and supermarkets in many countries across the globe. Nowadays it is easy and convenient to buy pre-sliced bread and various forms of pastries and cakes at convenience stores and groceries, without having to step into a bakery. Nonetheless, most people still opt to purchase their freshly baked produce at a bakery, either due to custom or the accessibility of a larger variety of baked goods or even because of their perception that a bakery produces higher quality baked goods than the ones sold at the grocery store.