A new bakery in downtown Cascade is appealing to locals and out-of-town visitors alike.
“We wanted to open a business that offers Starbucks-level quality right here in little Cascade,” said Cheryl Wood, co-owner of Cheryl’s Flour Garden Bakery and Coffee Bar. “I think this is something the residents here can enjoy, and hopefully, it will get more people to take a day trip here.”
Wood, who previously sold her treats at area farmers markets, brings years of baking experience to the table.
The menu at her new business includes pastries, biscuits, sandwiches, coffee drinks and smoothies. She emphasized that she is always tinkering with recipes and updating the offerings.
“Each day, there is something new on the menu,” she said.
Wood co-owns the business with her husband, Joel.
Getting the bakery and coffee shop ready to open was a long and labor-intensive process for the couple.
The Woods purchased the building at 126 First Ave. West and tore down an adjoining structure to make room for the new business.
The couple went to great lengths to preserve the history of the old apartment complex that was demolished. Doors from that property were turned into a counter, and pieces of the wood were sanded down and transformed into decor.
Cheryl said the effort was worth it. She noted that operating this business allows her to interact with customers in a way she couldn’t when she was exclusively selling at farmers markets.
“When I can put a smile on people’s faces, that gives me the momentum to keep going,” she said.
Cheryl’s Flour Garden Bakery and Coffee Bar employs 12 people.
It is open from 6:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday and from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. It is closed on Sundays.
The business can be reached at 563-564-8721.