Since the old Wigwam building was torn down, some folks seem to think Walls Bakery (click here to see their full listing in our Food & Drink Business Directory) is gone, too. But I’m happy to be able to tell you that they are still going strong in their current location: 12349 Washington Sq., Waldorf, MD 20601. The business was founded in 1968 (according to their Facebook page). From research I’ve done online, they have been in several locations over the years. A Washington Post article from 2006 was especially interesting.
The Wigwam started life back in the days of slot machines in Southern Maryland, with a bar, restaurant, and live entertainment — and slots (click here to see a photo of the joint in its heyday). The Wigwam struggled to survive after the one-armed bandits were banned in 1968, as did the other slots-based businesses. They tried to make a go of it with food and entertainment. At one point, they even brought in an all female rock band that played topless (they had to cover all the windows, to hide them from the passing traffic), but no matter what they tried, it eventually closed as a restaurant and night club.
The Walls family eventually moved their bakery business into the space for a number of years. As you can see from the photo above, they still use the wigwam in their business sign today. And, they’re still making cakes, cookies, cupcakes, doughnuts, and pies. They also make elephant ears from time to time, which aren’t easy to find. They were a favorite of my dad’s, and I like them too. I often stop at Walls to see if they have any available.
Walls Bakery eclairs
The bakery is probably best-known for its huge eclairs. They dwarf the typical eclair. The photo below shows a Wall’s eclair and one from the Waldorf Giant grocery store. The Walls version is something like three times the size of the ones from Giant. And frankly, I think it tastes better, too — especially the filling. ♦0