Suzanne’s Swiss Bakery
“One of the things I missed when I immigrated to America in 2008 was the crunchiness of Swiss breads. This was the starting point for me to bake my own Zopf breads in my new-found home in Ottumwa, Iowa.
Since 2011, I have been privileged to make much of Switzerland at the Annual International Festival in Ottumwa, IA and the World Cultures Festival in the Quad Cities with my baked goods and the support of prominent Swiss companies like Ricola, Emmi Cheeses, & Victorinox.
In 2014, I decided to establish my bakery out of my home in Ottumwa until I moved to Rock Island, IL in the fall of 2015, where I continue to bake! I continue to bake joyfully and pursue new opportunities here in the Quad Cities.”
Changing the world; one Swiss pastry at a time!
We had an awesome opportunity to get to know Suzanne and learn about her business!
What inspired you to begin baking?
When I immigrated to the United States in 2008, I really missed the crunchiness of bread! That was the starting point and I began to bake my own bread.
When did you decide to create a business out of this?
I decided to turn this into a business in 2009, in Ottumwa, Iowa where my husband and I used to live. We then moved ourselves and the business here to the Quad Cities in 2015.
What is your favorite thing to bake/bake and then eat?
Honestly, all of the baked goods-I love. I tell my clients that I only bake what I like myself! One of the items, though, that I really like are Soft Pretzels and Pretzel Croissants!
Your small business is definitely unique. What do you think makes it most unique to the Quad Cities Area?
I think what makes my business unique is that I am Swiss and all my baked goods are authentic Swiss, homemade, and freshly-baked from scratch! I only use natural ingredients and a whole lot of love and dedication.
What is your favorite part about owning and operating a business in the Quad Cities?
My favorite part about operating in the Quad Cities is being able to connect with clients and offer a product line that is authentic, delicious, fresh and appreciated by many locals. Some of my regulars return to the bakery oftentimes every week.
If the Quad Cities needed to know one thing about your business, what would it be?
That Switzerland is not the same as Sweden and that I am living the American/Swiss Dream 🙂
What is your personal favorite part about living in the Quad Cities?
What I love about the Quad Cities is the diversity, the many opportunities available, of course the Mississippi River, and the Channel Cat Taxi!
What are your hopes/vision of Suzanne’s Swiss bakery for the future?
In the future I would love to own a little food truck, take orders, continue to bake in the basement of my home in Rock Island and deliver throughout the Quad Cities. I hope to continue to make Switzerland famous here in America with authentic, traditional Swiss-baked classics!
Is there anything you would like to see more in the QC?
I like small businesses and you get to see that a lot at the Freighthouse Farmers Market in Davenport. This is what this great country has been built on: small businesses, hardworking people that display a good work ethic, and dignity.
Thank you so much, Suzanne, for giving us the opportunity to get to know you and your business a little better! We wish you the best of luck in the future and can’t wait to see you and your business continue to flourish!
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