January 7, 2008
Baker Powers On

After a four-day drought, fans of the pretzels and breads at Freeport Bakery may be able to resume getting their fix tomorrow. Friday's storm, which left thousands of people in the Sacramento area without power as winds toppled trees across power lines, also interrupted the bakery's regular routine.

As the seriousness of the situation dawned on baker/owner Walter Goetzeler, he retrieved an emergency generator he and his wife Marlene had in storage, hooked it up Friday, fired it up that night and got back to business on a limited routine. "We can't run the dishwasher and brew coffee at the same time," said Marlene Goetzeler Monday afternoon as SMUD crews continued to try to restore energy to the popular bakery. Nonetheless, the Goetzelers and their crew, which relied on flashlights and cell phones to keep customers abreast of the status of their orders, successfully baked and delivered six wedding cakes Saturday.

The store closed Friday, but reopened Saturday and has remained open despite the restricted baking. The Goetzelers hope full service will be restored sometime this evening, with the complete inventory back in production early Tuesday.

In other Freeport Bakery news, the Goetzelers are to break ground this spring on new quarters at 19th and Broadway, but it may be two years before the site is ready for them to relocate.

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