David Cooper is a lover of good food, a Newtown, Connecticut resident since 1987 and the owner of Dere Street Commercial Bakery in Danbury. He was born and raised in Northern England and came to the United States in 1979 to teach and coach high school soccer, and eventually moved into the sales promotion business.
In 2004, David and his late wife, Robin Callahan, started Dere Street in the basement of their Newtown home, selling all natural, authentic English tea scones. The company is named after an ancient English roadway built by the Romans.
Dere Street long ago outgrew its basement incubator and now operates from a 20,000 square foot factory in Danbury. The product line has expanded to include other British delicacies like English tea cakes, sticky toffee pudding and Madeira cake, as well as authentic Scottish shortbread – many of which will be sold in both the Dere Street Restaurant and Bar and the Dere Street Bakery in Newtown.