Without the promise of sweets, mouths would never have the patience to stay open during dentist's appointments or closed during beekeeping demonstrations. Keep mouths copacetic with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of cookies, pastries, and fresh baked goods at Wuollet Bakery valid at six locations in Minneapolis, Robbinsdale, St. Paul, and Wayzata.
Run by dedicated family members since its inception in 1944, Wuollet Bakery nestles its freshly baked sweets, breads, muffins, and dessert offerings inside six expertly maintained storefronts. A 12-count of oatmeal-raisin cookies ($9) stockpiles bits of fruit in each sugary circle, and a pumpkin bar coated in cream-cheese icing ($2.80) serves up a treat more autumnal than a witch's cauldron overflowing with candy corn. Savor a loaf of wild-rice bread ($4.55) or celebrate a birthday or upscale pet wedding with a 7-inch round custom cake in flavors such as devil's food or red velvet ($32).
In 1944, Reino Wuollet opened a small bakery where he prepared fresh bread each day. More than 70 years later, his humble shop has grown into five locations where 30 or so family members tinker over cakes, pastries, and pies. Wedding and other occasion cakes are one of their specialties; flavors such as chocolate mousse and Lady Baltimore can be coated with marzipan, buttercream frosting, or fondant in an impressive array of custom designs. Of course, they still bake breads: an international selection of loaves includes baguettes, challah, Swedish lympa, Irish soda bread, and buns shaped into busts of United Nations delegates.