After troublesome winter, several false starts, Luckee Dutch back in business
Following a rough winter that saw the Newberg bakery kicked out of its old kitchen and troubles with kitchen equipment in its new location, Luckee Dutch Bakery is back up and running in a new downtown spot.
The bakery formerly occupied space inside the Shell gas station on First Street on the western end of town for years. However, in January they were informed by the building's landlord that they had 30 days to move out.
Marilynn Van Grunsven, one of the four owners of the family business, said the bakery faced several obstacles before attempting to reopen.
"We had to leave the other location because they were remodeling and they took out their kitchen," she said. "They didn't give us a lot of notice. It's hard to find a bakery in 30 days."
After checking out locations throughout the area, ranging from Tualatin to McMinnville, the bakery was running out of time. While several local businesses offered to lend their space to help, discouragement set in: the four Luckee Dutch owners couldn't find anything in their price range, according to a post on their website.
However, on the final day of their occupancy in the Shell station, the owners learned that Honest Chocolates in downtown Newberg was closing. Although they weren't set to close up shop until June, the chocolate store's owners offered their space to Luckee Dutch.
Honest Chocolates closed their Newberg and Carlton locations for "personal reasons," according to their Facebook page. They continue some of their wholesale business.
Van Grunsven called it "bittersweet," in that it was great that Luckee Dutch found a new home, but sad Honest Chocolates had to close.
However, winter wasn't over yet. Snow and slush made moving heavy equipment like ovens difficult. Once the ovens were in, the owners worked to get them hooked up to gas lines. Despite being told the ovens would work, they found out after trying to install them that a hood vent was needed before the ovens could go online. The company didn't have the money for the necessary hood vent, as the building has an apartment directly overhead.
This led them to purchasing electric ovens, cheaper than a build-out hood vent system. A stackable oven set was ordered from Texas. However, on the day they were set to arrive in Newberg, the ovens were a no-show. Four days later, they found out the ovens were still in Texas, having never been shipped. Although they eventually arrived, and with some help with neighbors getting them off the trucks, they discovered the ovens were delivered without legs installed. This meant the four owners had to lift the 1,000 pound ovens themselves to install the legs.
That should have been the end to a daunting tale, but more bad news was visited on the owners when an electrician discovered the ovens were the wrong voltage. They couldn't be used together, only independently. Their former location had four gas ovens.
Because of this, the bakery has reduced its menu.
The owners eventually did seek help from the community in the form of a GoFundMe page. They were asking for $10,000 in help and the website said that goal was surpassed in nine days. They raised $10,400, all from donations from just 10 people.
"We wanted to be in business but coming across more and more obstacles," she said. "Our money was completed depleted."
She praised the support the community showed in getting Luckee Dutch back in business.
"There were a few days where we weren't quite sure," Van Grunsven said. "But our intentions had always been to continue."
Now the bakery is fully operational, having hosted a grand reopening June 8 at its 312 E. First St. location, selling their selection of breads, cakes and sweets.
"We made it look pretty homey in here," she said. "I'm really happy with the place.