SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Local bakeries are preparing for the Easter rush, whipping up some traditions for their customers ahead of the holiday weekend.
Paska bread is a crowd favorite for the Easter holiday at Minooka Pastry Shop in Scranton.
“Our version of it is a round, raisin bread. It’s just a traditional kind of bread people like to have for Easter. We do sell it for other holidays, but mostly for Easter,” said Robert Zakreski, Owner, Minooka Pastry Shop.
Robert Zakreski’s parents opened the bakery 42 years ago.
“It started really as a donut business, and it grew from that into a full-line bakery,” Zakreski stated.
They have everything from cakes to cookies and of course bread. Zakreski says his parents would be proud to see what Minooka Pastry Shop has become.
“It’s nice to see a bakery or any business pass from one generation to another. That’s not typical anymore. I’m sure it made my parents proud to see it go to the next generation,” Zakreski said.
“I come in at 3:20 a.m. in the morning every day,” said Sonja Kerth, Minooka Pastry Shop.
And in any business, employees come and go, but at this Scranton bakery, each pastry is made with care by the tight-knit ‘family’ in the kitchen.
“I like the people. We’re like a family here,” Kerth explained.
Minooka Pastry Shop will be open until 6 p.m. Friday and from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and they can’t wait to see all the friendly faces.
“It’s nice to see people come back year after year enjoying the product. It’s definitely great to see them returning,” said Zakreski.
An easter tradition like no other.