STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Maybe this is a Staten Island thing, but part of my holiday experience growing up here involves waiting in line or observing customers queued up outside a bakery. And the bakers of the borough are getting ready for that Thanksgiving tradition.

In my travels these last few days, it’s been blasts of pumpkin pie spice and buttery pastry each time I’ve opened the door to a shop in full production — neat to watch and interesting to hear some of the stats.