Cinnamon rolls and Christmas shopping on Main Street

Angie Boehm never anticipated owning a bakery. Especially, she admits with a laugh, because she can’t eat gluten. Now, though, sitting in the warm lobby of Wheat Montana with the clatter of kitchen utensils and the aromas of coffee and cinnamon as her backdrop, it seems like Ella Boehm has been doing it her entire life.

Seven months ago, Boehm and his daughter Aren, who worked behind the counter at Wheat Montana, bought the bakery from its previous owners. Boehm trained as a nurse and took a job at the bakery to learn some new skills, not thinking that she would become her whole life. However, when the previous owners were ready to retire and asked Boehm to take over, she said things just clicked. A few months and hundreds of cinnamon rolls later, Boehm now manages a team of bakers and baristas, she connects with local vendors, and this fall and winter, she serves up a wide variety of holiday-themed baked goods and gifts.

Carmel Apple Bread Pudding from Wheat Montana in Kalispell on Nov. 15, 2022. Hunter D’Antuono | flat head beacon

Wheat Montana in downtown Kalispell is one of four independently owned Wheat Montana bakeries, which source their grains from the company’s farm in Three Forks. High-quality flour and grains allow Boehm and his bakers to produce some of the freshest muffins, cookies and, the bakery’s most beloved item, cinnamon rolls in the Flathead Valley.

The bakery offers six types of cinnamon rolls daily, which, this holiday season, include a rotating “baker’s choice” line of caramel apple cream cheese, cranberry orange and pumpkin. Not to let extra baked goods go to waste, Boehm and his staff are also offering bread pudding this fall, made from leftover cinnamon rolls.

Beyond the sweet, Wheat Montana is a fully functional deli serving soups, salads and sandwiches made with fresh bread. In honor of Thanksgiving, the team at Wheat Montana offers a special turkey cranberry melt, complete with provolone cheese, red onion and cranberry sauce and served on sourdough. There’s also a turkey pesto sandwich on the menu made with dairy-free pesto, a nod to Boehm’s dairy-free daughter.

Pumpkin Spice Muffin from Wheat Montana in Kalispell on Nov. 15, 2022. Hunter D’Antuono | flat head beacon

One of her favorite parts of owning the bakery has been connecting with local businesses, many of which now sell their products in the Wheat Montana Gift Shop, Boehm said. The bakery’s shelves are stocked with jams and jellies from Huckleberry Haven, kombucha from Dark Side Fermenters, candles from Farmhouse Candle Company, and honey from Halle’s Honey, among other local and regional specialties. Boehm said she’s excited to give people the chance to do some holiday shopping while she supports businesses in and around Flathead.

As the snow continues to fall and holiday lights decorate the valley, Angie and Aren, along with their team at Wheat Montana, will continue to cook seasonal baked goods and serve breakfast and lunch at their Main Street store. Wheat Montana is open from 7 am to 3 pm Monday through Friday and from 8 am to 3 pm on Saturdays.

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