Dream comes true for long-time Indian Lake seasonal resident

INDIAN LAKE Ingrid Jacobsen always wanted to live in Indian Lake. Growing up in New York City, her family vacationed in the North Country and Indian Lake always had a special spot in her heart. We used to come camping here as a kid, Jacobsen recalled. When I grew up, I brought my dogs up here camping. As her career progressed, first during 10 years as a zookeeper at the Bronx Zoo and then 8 years at a Westchester County animal hospital, Jacobsen hatched a plan to make her dream of living in Indian Lake a reality. For the last year, Jacobsen has commuted from her Westchester home to Indian Lake as she and other family members renovated a building at 111 West Main Street. About seven weeks ago, her Indian Lake dream took a major step forward with the opening of Misty Mountain Bakery Cafe, a bakery and coffee shop offering coffee beverages and baked goods that Jacobsen makes herself. I always wanted to live here, she said. And I think the town needed something like this. There arent a lot of things for people to do here. Jacobsen wants to offer more than just coffee and baked goods. She envisions perhaps offering other activities such as movies, craft activities and live entertainment. An admitted JRR Tolkien fan, the cafe has a decided Lord of the Rings feel to it, complete with an intricate carved pattern on the floor and a greeting in Elfin on the front door. Jacobsen and other family members did most of the renovation work on the building. My dad never believed that women should just be helpers, Jacobsen said. I have all my own power tools and I know how to use them. Indeed, Jacobsen, 44, is a woman of many talents. She is an accomplished bakery chef, having taken courses at the Culinary Institute in Hyde Park. She makes her baked goods from scratch and even offers designer cakes for any occasion and a line of vegan cookies that she sells through a website, www.ladolcevegan.com. They have no animal products whatsoever, Jacobsen said. Among the cafes many offerings, Jacobsen hopes the Sunday breakfast buffet will continue to be as popular as it was on the first Sunday she offered it. In fact, Jacobsen said, the overall reaction to her new business has been positive. People who come through the door really love it, she said. A lot have asked about hosting bridal showers and baby showers here. Jacobsen said she hopes her business is a success, but she has a more important goal. I just want to live her happily, she said. I want to have enough business to survive. But I want to be part of this community. Misty Mountain Bakery Cafe is open 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily and is closed Tuesdays and Wednesday. Visit it on the web at www.mistymountainbakerycafe.com

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