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Everything from strudel to rye bread is baked the night before on-site. Dave Vesecky and the other bakers start from scratch with flour and water, making all the dough and preparing all of the pastries for when the store opens at 6 a.m. six days a week.
Vesecky's sells daily to Tischler's, a grocery in Brookfield, and does good business with party cakes and birthday cakes. Nancy Vesecky said she has many customers hooked on their chocolate doughnuts and hot dogs baked into the bun, also known as muttnicks.
With the pandemic, Easter business wasn't the same, and neither was Father's Day. Shipping, normally done four days a week, is limited to Mondays right now. Typically, houska is made daily in batches of 45 to 50, but Vesecky said it's hard to estimate how many are going out the door on average these days.
"We really don't know what the future looks like," Vesecky said. "It's kind of the unknown right now. We're taking it one week at a time, that's all you can do. People come in here, it's a nostalgic look back on their childhoods and they want to create new memories with their kids, too. We are hoping that we can continue with that."