Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Places for Paczki

Where to find the Polish treat this Fat Tuesday

Paczki has been a traditional baked good in Polish culture since the Middle Ages. These delicious cousins of doughnuts are consumed in mass quantities on “Paczki Day,” typically observed on Mardi Gras. Every year, area bakeries serve thousands of paczki to hungry customers looking to celebrate before Lent. (Yes, “paczki” is the correct plural—
“paczkis” is not a word. And the correct pronunciation is “puhnch-kee,” not “packz-ee.”)

“I think people like the tradition,” said Colleen Barnhart, owner of Main Street Sweets in Sylvania. “They’re just a once-a-year-type thing for us. I know some of the grocery stores have them out already, but we just do it the week of Fat Tuesday, so it’s like a one-time-a-year deal here, you can only get it at this time of year.”

This is Barnhart’s first year working on Paczki Day since she purchased Main Street Sweets from Don and Bonnie Brieschke. Under the former owners, Main Street has served paczki for nearly four decades. Don and Bonnie will actually return to the shop this season to help Barnhart keep the tradition alive.

Pączki served at Geer Edibles on Mayberry Square in 2021. Photo courtesy: Geer Edibles Facebook page.

At family-owned Geer Edibles in Mayberry Square in Sylvania, they are preparing for their second paczki season.

“It was pretty overwhelming for how bad the snow was last year,” said Sherry Geer, daughter of owners Tom and Andrea. “A lot of people still showed up and supported us. We’re looking forward to it. We’re definitely making some changes in our flavors…now we know what to expect from the area and what they’re looking for in the flavors.”

Here is a sampling of area businesses and bakeries that will have paczki available this year:

Bakery Unlimited
4427 Secor Rd. 419-472-7098. bakeryunlimitedtoledo.com

Cafe Donuts
5330 Monroe St. 419-882-1787. facebook.com/Cafedonutstoledo

Don’s Donuts
2911 Woodville Rd., Northwood. 419-693-9043. facebook.com/donsdonut

Geer Edibles
8252 Mayberry Sq., Sylvania. 567-455-5903. geer-edibles.com

Haas Bakery
2306 Starr Ave., Oregon. 419-698-2000. haas-bakery.com

Main Street Sweets
5639 Main St., Sylvania. 419-882-2302. facebook.com/mainstreetsweetssylvania

Michael’s Cafe and Bakery
101 Main St. #7. 419-698-2988. michaelsoftoledo.com 

Sautter’s Market
5519 Main St., Sylvania, 419-885-3505. 9533 Waterville Swanton Rd., Waterville. 419-878-7691. sauttersmarket.com 

Strachn Bakery
759 S. Holland-Sylvania Rd. 759-867-8297. strachnbakery.com

Walt Churchill’s Market
3320 Briarfield Blvd., Maumee, 419-794-4000. 26625 N. Dixie Hwy., Perrysburg, 419-872-6900. waltchurchillsmarket.com

Wixey Bakery
2017 Glendale Ave. 419-382-6684. facebook.com/wixeybakery

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