Chaska Bakery, open since 1884, sells its last bread today

  • Article by: HERÓN MÁRQUEZ ESTRADA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 11, 2009 - 12:07 AM

Like many small bakeries, it has faced growing competition from supermarkets; the recession was the final straw.

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hridgewoodApr. 10, 0910:17 PM

Our family just discovered this bakery last month. Their products reminded my wife and me of the small-town bakeries of our childhood. One raised doughnut was more satisfying than a bag-full of the mass-produced stuff.

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glamorousvivApr. 10, 0911:49 PM

I've been stopping here for 20 years for most all of my baked goods. The rest come from another little nearby bakery in the subs. Sorry to see them go. The in-store stuff isn't real bakery bread IMHO...it comes out of a vat, like everything else they try to pass off as 'home-cooked'. People need to start patronizing these establishments more often, or they are all going to fall by the wayside. Think Von Hansson's Meats, etc. Stop buying everything at CUB!! Start buying real homemade goods, and you will easily see what you've been missing out on.

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chiemseeApr. 11, 09 1:13 AM

Americans are such fools. Shop local, buy local. Big chains are bad for the economy, bad for the environment, bad for your health, bad for the community. It's a shame the Chaska bakery is closing. I went there a couple of times when I needed baked goods years ago.

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teresainmnApr. 11, 09 1:17 AM

They make the best donuts and bread I have every eaten. The chain donuts and store breads don't begin to compare. We live far from Chaska, but always stopped in whenever we were in town. It was like stepping into another era. And walking in early in the morning..the smell of fresh baked bread was heavenly, and trying to decide what donut or other goody you wanted to have was HARD, there was so many goodies to choose from. They will be missed.

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rosendpApr. 11, 09 1:46 AM

If ever there was a prime candidate for an Obama bailout, this is it. When I lived in Chaska, I went there pretty often but probably not often enough. Living up the hill in Jonathan, it wasn't always a convenient trip. Their location just wasn't that great anymore. If they would have moved or opened up a branch location, they might have made it. It just seems in business, if you aren't constantly moving forward, someone is always gaining on you.

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senator12Apr. 11, 09 2:22 AM

For 125 years of memories. The small business owner, the smell of fresh baked goods on a small town sidewalk. The portrait of what once made America great.

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bkd001Apr. 11, 09 8:53 AM

My pocket book is more important than buying locally. Big business provides BIG JOBS! Mom and pop stores provide nothing but nostalgia. If you’re not afraid of being inconvenienced too much, there is always a mom and pop business a short distance from anyone. But then gain, you would probably be too inconvenienced or figure out they're too expensive.

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romperroomApr. 11, 09 9:40 AM

for superior customer service provided by small business. Nothing but nostalgia? You clueless fool...mom and pop businesses are what built this country. You forget another thing in your statement..."big businesses...big jobs"...BIG LAYOFFS!

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viceroy712Apr. 11, 0911:10 AM

I hate seeing any small business like this that has been around for 125 years go under. small towns offer so much in ethnic smell and taste its just fantastic. the smell of fresh baked bread and other bakery products not to mention other places like a local bar or cafe that make some of the best tasting food around. to the City of chaska I say you lost a valuable part of your history today and this part cannot be replaced......

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racer11Apr. 11, 0911:14 AM

Go try and find that "thing-a-ma-jig" at Home Depot, and then go to a small local hardware store...you'll see which one is less convenient.

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