Eau Claire (WQOW) — A well-known bake shop, with decades of sweet history in Eau Claire, now has a new owner.
Kerry Bauer bought Sue’s Bake Shop in December, after the business was up for sale for over a year. She’s learned all Sue’s baking secrets to keep the recipes how Eau Claire remembers them.
“I’ve been retired for about a month, and I don’t think people even realize that I’m not here,” said Sue Ranney, former owner of Sue’s Bake Shop.
“Sue has everything memorized and she’s been doing it for a long time. I kind of came in cold, and she was an amazingly patient teacher,” Bauer said. “It’s hard work, but at the end of the day, it’s something that I enjoy doing.”
Bauer told News 18 she looks forward to sharing the sweet smells and temping treats with all of Sue’s customers, new and old.
“I’m just trying to carry on the traditions and work with the recipes that she has because they are so wonderful and popular. They are old school, so we do things here the old school way,” mentioned Bauer. “From making the dough, to rolling it out, to cutting it, proofing it, putting it into the oven, having it frosted, out into the cases and having the tray come back empty. It carries on itself. Its got a legacy.”
Bauer said she takes pride in the products that have put smiles faces for decades. She added it’s clear Sue has put her heart and soul into her work.
“It was never a job for me. It was my legacy, it’s my parents legacy, and I know how much they put into this place and how much I’ve put into this place,” Ranney said. “It’s so important to me because it was my life.”
“I look forward to getting old here and sticking with it for a long time,” Bauer said.
Both Ranney and Bauer said they’re looking forward to the shop’s growth and keeping the sweet treats rolling for the people of Eau Claire.