By AMANDA BINIECKI
CLARE – The storefront is small and unpretentious, but after a visit to JT Bakers, first-time customers quickly become familiar with the goodness that lies inside those doors.
Family-owned and operated since 1994, this bakery has developed quite a reputation and following. The family moved the business to their hometown of Clare three years ago. “The drive to the bakery in Alma became tiresome, so the family was happy to make the move to their hometown, Clare,” explained Chris Methner, an employee and family member.
However, the drive to Clare has not been tiresome for long-time customers who will not sacrifice quality for convenience. Much of their business is from accounts in Alma who have remained faithful to the bakery despite the move.
JT Bakers believe they stand apart from other bakers because of their unique bread recipes. They have 12 varieties and specialty buns to offer, but they are best known for their purple wheat bread. The bread is sweet, loaded with raisins, and rolled in almonds. I felt the need to bring a loaf home for my family to try, and we were not disappointed.
Bread is not the only goodie you will find there. In addition, they will bake cakes for any occasion. They also offer a variety of other sweets including doughnuts, pastries, cookies and muffins.
There is more to this business than just the luscious goodness of their decadent baked goods. JT Bakers feels a commitment to the community and local economy. They strive to use local goods and products in their recipes. Methner said they feel it is important to buy local and support the local economy.
JT Bakers at a glance
127 W. Fourth St., Clare
Hours: Mon. – Fri., 7 a.m. – 6p.m.; Sat., 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.
12 varieties of bread
Cakes and pastries for all occasions