After having worked in the baking business for over 40 years Henry Kretchmar Sr. purchased the bakery in 1960. He had worked locally for Keystone Bakery in Bridgewater, PA as head of their pastry and cakes department. And at the age of 55, he took out a second mortgage on his home and bet it all on his ability to run an independant retail bakery in Beaver.
Later he added a second location in Rochester, PA, first on Brighton Ave. Then a year later, he moved it to Adams St. on top of the hill. The additional location was shuttered in 1978 after Henry Jr had returned.
In 1975, Henry Kretchmar Jr. came back to Beaver to take over the bakery, which his father had run successfully for 15 years. Hank made improving the business his lifes work. With trips to Europe and around the country, he gathered the best ideas the baking industry had to offer and brought them back and put them to work. He also became a Certified Master Baker through the Retail Bakers of America. By doing this he was able to steward the small retail shop through one of the worst economic down turns in Western PA's history. Through his experiences he decided to focus the business on decorated cakes and specialty tortes like Beaver County's favorite, Toasted Almond Torte.
Kretchmar's Bakery recently celebrated it's 50th anniversary in 2010 and passed
to the third generation. It is currently managed by Lincoln Kretchmar, third
generation baker and Hank's son. Lincoln came back to the business in 2003 at
the urging of his father. Having worked in the tech industry for a number of
years, he has brought with him a special skill set to the bakery and helped to modernize the way the bakery does business.
Kretchmar's Bakery carries a full line of products - everything from cookies to wedding cakes. Specialty tortes are available every day. Special occasion
decorated cakes, i.e. birthday, holiday, etc. are baked fresh and hand decorated by experts. Kretchmar's baked goods are prepared from scratch, just like the way your grandmother used to make.
Doughs are still formed into products by hand. Only the finest and richest ingredients are used in Kretchmar's products. This ensures a quality product at a fair price.