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Sweet Tooth: Pedretti's Bakery in Elkader

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by Danielle Wagner

ELKADER (KWWL) Joe Pedretti opened a bakery in Elkader in 1968. More than 40 years later, the bakery is still in the Pedretti family.

Joe's grandson, Christopher Reimer, now owns the bakery.

Reimer went away to school and then moved back in 2003 to take over for an uncle. He said this is where he grew up.

"I used to come in in the evenings and help my grandpa and cut cookies and stuff like that. That's what I remember most. Later on as I got older I started baking at night and then I worked with my uncle to do that," said Christopher Reimer.

Pedretti's Bakery makes everything from breads to cookies, cakes and of course doughnuts. Reimer said long johns are the most popular.

Reimer is the baker and typically works 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Despite growing up at the bakery, he said he still eats something sweet everyday.

Reimer said Pedretti's is one of the few store fronts that hasn't changed in downtown Elkader.

"They come in and say it's a little cleaner and brighter than before but otherwise nothing's changed. Everything's in the same spot in the display case so people know where it is. That's what people want," said Reimer.

The Pedretti's name is part of what keeps customers coming back.

"The name goes a long ways. We get a lot of customers from Waterloo, Cedar Rapids and Dubuque," said Reimer.

The bakery is still a family affair, Reimer's wife, Jamie, works during the day and decorates the cakes.

Christopher Reimer said he plans to keep the family business going for a long time.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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