ANOKA, Minn. - It's home to the Tornadoes, but for decades the city of Anoka was also home to Hans' Bakery.
The German baker Hans Birkner opened the store in 1973. He died a couple of decades later. Over the years, the bakery changed hands, but the name always remained the same until three years ago, when the bakery closed its doors.
But thanks to Kelly Olsen and her husband, the old bakery is getting another lease on life.
"We're at Hans' Bakery," smiled Olsen said.
Olsen they are in the process of getting everything back into working order. She said the last owner owed so much money that anything of value was stripped out.
While work needed to be done, there's no shortage of memories or interest in Hans', as Olsen has found out.
"Reading all the stories online you get this real vision of what it once was," she said.
She created a Hans' Bakery Facebook page and within days more than 2,000 people "liked" it. The number now stands at more than 5,000 and if the walls of the building can't talk, the posts on the page sure can.
"I can't wait to smell the fresh-baked goodies," reads one post.
"Are you serious? They are coming back," reads another. "Bring back the beehive."
"I actually was contacted by the beekeepers, who originally provided the honey for the beehive," smiled Olsen. "The famous beehive."
They plan to bring back that pastry back as well as many others.
The Olsen's have already talked with Hans' family and the original bakers to come up with a plan to bring back many of the old offerings.
If all goes according to plan, it will reopen in September and they'll have all of the kinks worked out in time for Anoka's annual Halloween Parade in October.
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