Ma-and-pa bakery reaches end of the line in Brooklyn Park

  • Article by: Shannon Prather , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 9, 2013 - 11:49 PM

The shop that provided cakes for family milestones closed its doors, a victim of changes in dietary habits, traffic patterns and competition.

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IcareMan77Apr. 10, 1312:33 AM

I am very sad about this. I have lived in Brooklyn Park for 5 years and got all of my birthday cakes for my family there! We also bought bread and other items. We even had a gender cake made for our new arrival that came today! Thanks for everything Jack Bakery! We appreciate all you've done!

jmbrady5Apr. 10, 13 8:38 AM

Thanks Jacks. I just ate my bunny cake from Porttaits from the Heart's rescheduled Easter Egg hunt. I enjoyed every bite!

letmeread4Apr. 10, 13 9:17 AM

Just found this little gem in the last couple of months. Sad that these type of business establishments cannot make it in the suburbs.

jojoobooApr. 10, 1310:24 AM

Used to go there a lot when my daughter went to daycare next door. There was one crabby woman that worked the counter often and she made me shop elsewhere. I'm probably not the only one she scared off.

SlimDickensApr. 10, 1310:26 AM

That's the suburbs for you: no pride in local businesses or individuality. Why do you think they live in cookie cutter houses built by huge development firms?

mnpride733Apr. 10, 1311:17 AM

Well, it's lovely to see that people like jojooboo are willing to admit their part in letting a treasure like Jack's Bakery slip through our fingers. Anyway, I've been giving my business to this place for 20 years & the people who worked there are absolutely wonderful. I am certain I will never find a place with such talented decorators, kind-hearted owners & friendly workers. But I guess I'm going to have to try. Thank You Sandy & Blair for everything you've done for my family & this community. You will be missed dearly.

DufferHApr. 10, 13 1:30 PM

I'm sorry to see Jack's close. But I believe it was the high prices more than anything that brought its downfall.

BadgerApr. 10, 13 3:26 PM

And the reasons they are using for closing are just not true. We've gone to Jack's Bakery for at least 15 years or more; it was sold in 1999 to the current owners and it has never been the same. It has steadily gone downhill year after year, and THAT'S why they've lost business. It got to the point where Cub Bakery had better/fresher donuts than Jack's, and the bread was even fresher at Cub. Very sad, but their quality went downhill and then they blame the economy and "dietary habits" for lack of customers. Just not true!

skogliciousApr. 11, 13 7:52 AM

Duffer, it is not high prices but everyones constant desire to pay less. That is why Costco, Cub etc. can leverage their economies of scale to take out these small business's.

railroadApr. 11, 13 5:37 PM

85 Cents for a donut is high... Osseo Bakery had problems keeping up when they started raising prices so high. Everyone wants to pay less so that is why Walmart, Sam's club and Costco do well... Cub is high priced and stale.


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