In 2000, my husband and I bought the family business from his parents. It is a bakery that has been in my husband’s family’s name since 1908. He is the fourth generation to owe this business. Quite a feat, I know, especially in a small town. We are well known throughout our area. My husband and his right-hand man bake everything themselves. Most everything is made from scratch. There are a few things that we get in because they are so labor intensive, like bak-la-va.
We are well known for our breads: white, whole wheat, and a light rye. These are our best sellers. We also fry lots and lots of donuts. This is a German community so bread is hugely important to everyone. Even if it’s packed full of carbs.
Some of the questions I am routinely asked: How are you not 400 pounds?What is your favorite donut, bread, cookie, etc? How long have you two owned it? Do you eat something everyday from the bakery?
We do lead an interesting life. My husband runs the bakery full-time and I teach full-time. Then the bookwork is my respon
sibility every couple of days. Not many people can say that they live at their business let alone a small town bakery.