Full-time mom finds a new passion at Central Market

It all started with a Christmas present from her husband – a small pot of batter and a hot pancake maker.

For some, the art of pancake making is difficult. But for Tracey Oberdorf, it clicked.

Pour in a dime-sized drop of mixture, count to three – add all the appetizing toppings to its heart’s content.

Bananas. Nutella. Strawberries.

Or, maybe something salty? Like eggs, roast beef or mushrooms.

“I am a foodie. I like good food and I like good pancakes,” Oberdorf said. “York didn’t have a creperie and I thought it was the perfect opportunity.”

And that’s how Gigi’s Crepes was born.

Named after her mother, Gayle, Oberdorf opened her shop in 2016 as a stall in York’s Central Market.

Tracey Oberdorf, the owner of Gigi's Crepes, cuts fresh strawberries at her store in York's Central Market.  Photo by Tina Locurto.

Since then, she has made dozens of friends with her customers and served countless bespoke crepes.

“I like the market; I love being in this environment – it’s a lot of fun,” Oberdorf said. “I’m not setting the world on fire when it comes to the income I earn, but I think you have to really love what you do to be here.”

Gigi’s Crepes is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday and from 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. She runs her boutique alone.

Before opening her business, Oberdorf stayed home as a full-time mother. The change in business ownership wasn’t as drastic as one might expect – for her it was the same workload, just different types of commitments.

Tracey Oberdorf, the owner of Gigi's Crepes, pours chocolate syrup over a banana-nutella crepe.  Photo by Tina Locurto.

“It can be hard work when you’re here on a Saturday and you have 20 people waiting in line,” Oberdorf said. “It’s more of a hobby at this point in my life.”

Oberdorf, who grew up in Monmouth County, New Jersey, loved pancakes as a child.

Her favorite, a cinnamon and sugar pancake, is now a favorite with her clientele.

“You look forward to seeing your favorite customers every Thursday and every Saturday,” Oberdorf said. “I have people downtown who are here every Thursday – it’s like family.”

Editor’s note: York Against The Grain is a monthly series from The York Dispatch. Our goal is to highlight the county’s quirky small business owners who deserve some recognition for the work they do. Would you like to nominate a company?

— Contact Tina Locurto at [email protected] or on Twitter at @tina_locurto.

Gigi's Crepes is located inside York Central Market, 34 W. Philadelphia St. Tina Locurto photo.