O&H Danish Bakery held a ribbon-cutting celebration tonight at its new flagship bakery at 5910 Washington Avenue (Hwy 20) in Mount Pleasant. The new store will be open the same hours as the O&H location on Durand Avenue in Racine which includes Sunday hours.
The new bakery/store will feature all of the O&H kringles, breads and other baked goods along with a sandwich/soup counter and in-store seating. This location also houses the large commercial bakery where the pastries and cakes are made.
The well-designed interior includes details like light fixtures in the shape of whisks and viking symbols throughout the store. Also represented are the shields of Oak Creek, Racine, Mount Pleasant, and Sturtevant: the locations of the O&H stores. A booklet handed out at the entrance describes the symbolism behind much of the decor including the large viking ship holding the cash registers.
The current seasonal kringle is the Sea Salt Caramel Kringle, but act fast, this kringle will be gone in a matter of days making way for a new seasonal kringle developed by the Oleson family. I am going on record as saying this may be the best tasting O&H kringle that O&H has produced — especially if you like the salty-sweet combination. Eric Oleson, one of the flavor developers and O&H owners was tight-lipped about the next special kringle to be released, but did tell us that after the Raspberry and Pecan, Almond is the most popular kringle flavor at O&H. Pictured below is the sea salt caramel kringle.
Marylou Peden, a 19-year employee at the Durand Avenue store displays Viking cookies (one of the many symbols seen in the store) specially made for event. I questioned the bakery employees as to any “under the radar” O&H pastries and I was consistently told that the coffeecakes are phenomenal, including the Danish Seven Sisters Coffeecake with Almond Filling.
This new store is a boon for the Racine area — an easy trip from the highway will surely make this a tourist stop. Wouldn’t a Wisconsin gourmet cheese shop where the empty breakfast restaurant stands next door be a nice complement to the bakery?