The Lupo family opened their bakery doors for the first time on a hot summer day in the middle of July, 1978. The business you know and love today actually started out as a Mister Donut franchise on the East side of St. Paul, and even though we've changed names and location, we're still known for fun, donuts, and great customer service!
From the beginning, John Lupo, the owner, ran the day to day operations, toiling and striving to become the best baker he could. Although it started small, he saw the opportunity to add cakes, cookies, rolls and breads to the bakery line up, and the business began to grow. In December of 1980, the original location on Prosperity Avenue was remodeled and the name changed to Grandma's Bakery.
About this time, the bakery was gaining in popularity to residents and businesses alike. The decision was made to deliver products to businesses in the area who were interested in opening a wholesale account with Grandma's Bakery. What started with the first wholesale order of one dozen donuts to a local hotel quickly grew to ten dozen! The word of Grandma's Bakery great products spread to other hotels and convenience stores in the area and by the mid 1980's there were three morning delivery routes all over the Twin City area.
As business grew, space was running out in the small bakery on Prosperity Avenue. Kids needed cakes to blow out candles on and businesses needed to keep their meetings going with donuts. In 1991, John found a great new space being built in White Bear Lake and the move was made to a state of the art, open-concept design facility that was three times the size! The owner, John Lupo, continued to study baking and improve his craft, working with the best bakers in the country through the Retail Baker's of America. In 1989, John achieved the highest level of certification from the Retail Baker's of America and became a Certified Master Baker.
In April of 2008, a second retail store in the historic Downtown White Bear Lake opened. At this store, there is a nostalgic collection of 92 flavors of glass bottled vintage soda pops for sale, along with savory soups and gourmet sandwiches.
Today, there are over 100 employees who operate the two retail stores and wholesale baking operation. Hundreds of different bakery items get delivered to corporate foodservice, hotels, restaurants, grocery stores, convenience stores, churches, schools and civic groups.
Grandma's Bakery is just as proud to serve big companies as it is to be part of your intimate family gatherings and we look forward to serving you. Whether it be for one person or 101 persons, Grandma's Bakery is there to compliment a celebration of any sort.