TIMES STAFF REPORT
At Cold Spring Bakery, the 2017 winner of the Best Bakery award, owners Dale, Lynn and Brian Schurman are creating sweet treats for the good folks of Central Minnesota. Lynn Schurman answered our questions about all things baked and beautiful.
Why is it important to have a bakery like Cold Spring Bakery in Central Minnesota?
We have a full line retail and wholesale bakery serving Central Minnesota through our retail locations in Cold Spring and Waite Park and our wholesale delivery to supermarkets and convenience stores in Central Minnesota. We also specialize in wedding and special occasion cakes and desserts. We can provide customers with freshly baked, locally made items that you can't get from other places. The doughnut you are eating at 7 a.m. was fried at 4 a.m. The special occasion cake was designed specifically for your event — not mass produced. We can do this because we focus on baking and cake decorating and have experienced, award-winning people who do this every day.
What is the best part about working in a bakery? What’s the most challenging part?
The best part is being part of our customers' special occasions — from gender reveal cakes and birthday cakes to providing cookies and candies for their holiday parties. The most challenging is getting all the parts coordinated so we have all the breads, buns, doughnuts, cookies and special occasion cakes ready at the right times and put on the right truck. Some Saturdays we may have up to 30 wedding cakes with special desserts being delivered throughout Central Minnesota in four wedding delivery vehicles along with our five regular delivery trucks plus our retail orders at both locations — it can be a logistics challenge!
Describe your idea of the perfect meal – dessert included!
Any meal with strawberry cheesecake for dessert.
What do you want Times readers to know about your business that they might not already know?
We are family owned and have been in business for 71 years.