Boston-based global bakery-cafe chain Au Bon Pain is to offer customers the ability to buy paper gift certificates.

The certificates, which will be available at the nearly 150 company-owned Au Bon Pain cafes throughout the US, have been created by Salt Lake City company Gift Check Solutions. They can be bought in person, over the phone, or online at

Vic Pascarelli, director of marketing at Au Bon Pain, commented: "We chose Gift Check Solutions' program because they offered an improved, more streamlined process with better reporting and tracking capabilities."