New Bakery now open in Cherokee
Deb Siepka and her daughter Caarrie had been looking for a building in Cherokee for about a year, with the intention of opening a bakery.
Caarrie has been operating a bakery out of her home in Larrabee, taking special orders, for three years, and her mom managed the cafeteria at Tyson Foods in Cherokee for five years until the plant closed last year, so both had considerable experience in the food business, but neither had ever operated a full-time business.
Just a few short weeks ago, their dream of such a business opportunity "dropped into our laps," as Deb Siepka put it, when a friend of hers emailed her that the Break Time Bakery in Cherokee planned to close soon and sell their building and equipment.
The Siepkas jumped on this and immediately contacted and met with Break Time's owner, Carey Adams, who confirmed this information. After a brief meeting, sale conditions were agreed upon, and Deb and Caarrie had themselves a business, which they named "Totally Baked."
As it turns out, the Totally Baked name has been used several times around the country, but the new business in Cherokee, unlike some of the other businesses, assures me that they deal strictly in baked goods containing legal, non mind-altering substances. Those baked goods include cakes, breads and pastries.
Deb and Caarrie (pronounced CAR, as in an automobile) opened their new business venture at 122 E. Man St. on January 5th. They are open from 6 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Sunday, and offer a lot of yummy baked goods, including gourmet cupcakes, with gluten-free and non-diabetic versions also available.
A regular "coffee break group" has already formed at Totally Baked, and the owners are hoping that being open on Sunday mornings will also attract the "after church group."
For those who seek a low-priced noon lunch meal, Totally Baked offers a $5 meal featuring a special sandwich on a muffin, garlic bread, and a drink from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Tuesday- Friday.They have several different special sandwiches they will serve on a rotating basis, so call ahead (221-9019) if you need to know what that day's offering is - or you can just come on in .
Totally Baked also takes special orders for graduations, weddings, or other special occasions. You may feel free to call the above number, or check out their Facebook page, Totally Baked Iowa, for more information, including photos of some of their work.
The new business will have a Red Ribbon Cutting Friday, January 22nd, at 9:30 a.m., and they'll also be hosting the Chamber Coffee at that time.