New bakery opens on Main Street | reporter shelby

What better place to host a Thanksgiving bake sale than the new bakery on Main Street in Shelby?

The Shelby Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the bake sale on Tuesday, November 22 at Shelby’s new addition on Main Street, Whistle Stop Bakery and Coffee Shop. The bake sale was a great success, with 62 cakes donated by local merchants and 60 sold. A portion of the proceeds from the sale was donated to the Albertsons Turkey Bucks program.

Those who donated cakes to the sale include Shelby Floral and Gift, Shelby Public Schools, The Smile Shop, Shelby Carousel, Independence Bank, All Seasons Heating and Cooling, MCR, Gwen Heaton, Shelby Chiropractic, Northern Plains Electric, Payne West Insurance, Asper Funeral Homes, Prairie Peddler, Shelby Paint and Hardware, and Marla Hasquet.

Hosting the bake sale at the new bakery was a great introduction prior to the new business, which officially opened its doors on Saturday, November 26. Monique McDermott is the owner, head chef, and barista at the bakery, which is housed in what was once an old butcher shop. A massive renovation of the building took place, which began in March and finished last week. The expansion of the building, the addition of a patio and a total renovation of the interior resulted in a beautiful and welcoming place for McDermott’s new business.

“Kory Kovatch did an amazing job,” McDermott said. “Things kicked off in March and it was all wrapped up in time for the upcoming Christmas season. We were hoping to be open by Thanksgiving, but things ended up being a little late for that.”

McDermott is new to the area, but her husband, Ryan McDermott, grew up here and the couple now happily call Shelby home. Reshaping and getting her new business up and running has been a daunting task, but it has also given McDermott the opportunity to meet many different members of her new community. She looks forward to learning more now that her bakery is open and ready to serve delicious treats and coffee.

While donuts are not on the menu, fresh coffee and espresso drinks, breakfast pastries, cinnamon rolls, scones, muffins, cakes, muffins, brownies, cheesecakes, and the cookies are. Many in the community expressed mild disappointment at no donuts, but there are some very good reasons for that. The first reason, to have a deep fryer to make donuts, McDermott’s remodel would also have had to include not only the deep fryer, but also the necessary hood and ventilation system, which was a much higher expense. Then there’s the fact that, well, McDermott has never made donuts and she thought she was further along to stick with what she knows. The third reason?

“Albertsons has great donuts. I love the maple bars on him,” McDermott said with a laugh. “And I won’t have donuts, but sometime after New Years I’ll have ice cream on the menu, too. Who doesn’t love a warm brownie with vanilla ice cream on top?

Whistle Stop Bakery and Coffee Shop has a fantastic range of delicious baked goods, as well as seating options for those looking to stop in, enjoy a cup of coffee and a tasty treat. Once the weather warms up, customers will also have the option to enjoy their purchases on the patio. To begin with, the bakery will be open from Monday to Saturday, from 7 am to 2 pm and will be closed on Sundays. McDermott looks forward to meeting more of the community it serves, so please stop by for a delicious treat and support Shelby’s new Main Street business, The Whistle Stop Bakery and Coffee Shop.

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