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Whisk from Scratch set to open on Perham's Main Street

People who have walked by the brown paper-covered window on Perham's Main Street may have noticed that a new bakery is planned. The building, which previously housed a bank, will be the Whisk From Scratch bakery, operated by Daniel and Holly Flatau.

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People who have walked by the brown paper-covered window on Perham's Main Street may have noticed that a new bakery is planned. The building, which previously housed a bank, will be the Whisk From Scratch bakery, operated by Daniel and Holly Flatau.

This is the first business the couple has owned, said Holly, who grew up in the Grand Forks, N.D., area. Daniel grew up in the Perham area. Most recently, they lived in Louisiana.

Daniel and Holly have felt a lot of support from the Perham community and feel they will have great success because of how "helpful the community has been, how responsive they have been and how excited they are for us" said Holly Flatau.

The couple want the business to be involved in the community any chance it gets, either imparting information through social media such as Facebook, or by handing out treats and goodies to local businesses.

Whisk From Scratch is a different kind of bakery because no chemicals will be used, products will be made from local ingredients, and made from scratch.

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"We will have scones, muffins, caramel rolls, croissants, and then we will have baked goods like pies, cookies, brownies, cakes, cupcakes, cheesecakes, coffees," said Holly. "We will also have craft beer and wine at night."

Whisk from scratch will use as many local ingredients as possible, including from Bongards, Barrel of Fun, North Dakota flour, and coffee roasted in Minneapolis, Minn., she said.

Daniel's family are farmers and they hope someday they will be able to use the beef from the cattle his family raises.

Holly learned to bake with her family Grand Forks.

"I just came from a family of big homemade bakers" said Holly. Her parents even let her skip school once a year to spend the day baking.

When Daniel and Holly moved to Louisiana, Holly found a job at the Weeping Willow Cafe as the general manager for the bakery area. This is where she found out how much she liked to bake, she said.

"When I put in as much time or more time than the owner, I realized this is exactly what I was made to do" said Holly.

The Whisk From Scratch name came from a brainstormed idea, she said. Both she and Daniel thought it was a nice and simple name that explained just how they would bake, and they felt it was a modern name to have for an Artisan bakery.

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The couple wants to get this bakery off the ground, so they aren't planning to open anywhere else.

Holly believes Whisk From Scratch will also be a draw for tourists, which will allow them to see that Perham is more than a small town.

"Something great about being in a small community, too, I think you know everyone is involved," she said.

The couple has high hopes for their new business, especially as it will open prior to the official start of summer in Otter Tail County. They are planning a May 23 opening.

"The summer traffic will help support our business because it's crazy in the summertime here," she said. "I remember last summer's tweet that there is no place like Minnesota in the summer; you just can't beat summers in Minnesota."

Local businesses helped Whisk from Scratch become part of the community. Joe Foltz Construction, Hanson's Plumbing and Heating, Zitzow Electric, United Community Bank, Ryan Rustad and Chuck Johnson with the City's economic development, all helped the Flatau's get started.

"They all have been over the top amazing to get us all started," Holly said. "We couldn't do it without them all, that's for sure."

Whisk From Scratch is looking for employees to bake, make sandwiches, and staff the counter at their new store. They are looking for people who are energetic, who love to work with others and in a great environment.

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Whisk From Scratch business hours will be Monday-Wednesday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Wednesday-Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Marble walls from the old bank will be part of the new walls in the Whisk From Scratch Artisan bakery in Perham, owned by Daniel and Holly Flatau, located on Main Street where the old bank use to be.

The view of the Whisk From Scratch kitchen area where bakers and cooks will work. The front portion of the store will be for people to purchase the tasty treats, said Holly Flatau.

Holly Flatau, one of the bakers at the new Whisk from Scratch Bakery, holds a plate of treats, all made from scratch. The business owners hope to open by the end of May.

The logo for Whisk From Scratch already in place on the window. Owners Daniel and Holly Flatau hope to be in business in the end of May as summer kicks off.

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Holly Flatau, of the new Whisk from Scratch Bakery, holds a plate of artisan treats, all made from scratch.

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