In 1938, sisters with Chicago backgrounds, Nona MacKenzie and Blanche Rosenberger, opened a roadside bakery in their farmhouse five miles south of South Haven, Michigan. They slowly built a reputation for great bread and sweets and ultimately found themselves in a downtown South Haven supermarket during WWII.
Along with Nona’s retired Naval son, Gerald MacKenzie, the trio settled at 315 Center Street in 1948. In 1951, Don Braschler, was hired at 15 years old to help before and after school. In 1961, after Don spent two years in Baker’s School at Dunwoody Institute, he and Gerald formed what would be a 22-year partnership during which the bakery flourished.
Around 1980, Gerald’s children began a bakery in Kalamazoo, MI and by 1983 Gerald thought it be best to sell his interest to Don’s son and current owner, David Braschler, and devote all his efforts to his children’s entity. David and his father changed the bakery’s name to what it is today and were partners for 20 years until Don’s “part-time” retirement. At 80 years old, Don continues to stop in and help out his son on a daily basis! Today, we also have a staff working out of our bakery’s sister location in downtown St. Joseph’s, Michigan.