A popular restaurant chain once had a slogan that stated "You deserve a break today."
Soon, a new business will open in downtown Cherokee to accommodate that classic slogan.
The Break Time Bakery will offered its customers a wide variety of treats, including fresh baked breads, doughnuts, pastries, fresh cakes, and dinner rolls, along with plenty of retail snack items (candy bars, chips and hard candy).
Speaking of cakes, Break Time owner Cary Adams will be featuring costume cakes for all occasions. Adams, a native of Hinton, currently resides in Galva with his wife Teresa and their two children, Amber, age 15, and Blair, age 14. He is not new to the baking business, as he worked for several years in the bakeshop at Wonder Bread in Sioux City as well as with being in sales working as the Hostess Cake salesman.
Adams then worked for 12 years for Metz Baking Company which produced Old Home Bread. There Adams wore many hats, including having a sales route that allowed him to travel all over Northwest Iowa, including Cherokee, which was part of his route.
Adams then moved to Eastern Iowa and began running a sandwich company with a couple of friends. After a short time, Adams decided to move back to Western Iowa.
He began working for Maple River Energy in Galva. At that time Adams began to think to himself, "I'm going to start my own business."
At the same time, Adams said that his daughters, who had been home-schooled, wanted to go to a public school and wanted to attend the schools in Cherokee. Adams then found an opportunity with his friends Dale and Blaire Allen, who own the Cherokee Locker, to start his business in a Main Street building (the former Rapid American Press) next to their business that the Allens had recently purchased.
"I owe a lot to them, and give them all the thanks in the world, and I give credit to God, " stated Adams. "I was very familiar with Cherokee from years past, and it feels like coming home again. When I had my route, I really got to know the area and I know that the area takes care of its people.I believe that business is good here," said Adams.
Adams has been busy preparing his shop. He began working on the building on Sept. 25 and is close to completing everything. Besides his fresh baked goods, Adams will also be having a lunch counter and be serving various meals at the lunchtime hour. Customers will have a choice to dine in or carry out. Adams stated that he would be having seating to accommodate up to 30 people.
Adams is also excited about having what he calls a "filling station," where his costumers can fill-up on coffee, hot chocolate and a slushy machine.
If everything goes according to plan, Adams hopes to be adding a delivery route for his doughnuts and baked goods. Plus, the possibility of serving dinner is also on the table.
The Break Time is located at 122 E. Main St. in downtown Cherokee, and will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Their business telephone number is 225-3008. Adams stated that he hopes to have the doors open for business next week.
As for Adams' own slogan for his business, it is "break time is any time."