Great Harvest Bread Co. Opens Friday in Stillwater

The Fleischmans hope their new bakery will serve as a community gathering place.

Great Harvest Bread Co. will open Friday in Stillwater.

Lake Elmo residents Bob and Natasha Fleischman plan to bring “a savory blend of whole-grain goodness with a dusting of old-fashioned bakery hospitality” to Stillwater when they open their second Great Harvest Bread Co. location in the east metro.

The Fleischmans hope the new bakery, located at 2510 Curve Crest Blvd., will serve as a community gathering place—and through a partnership with Marna Canterbury of the Lakeview Hospital PowerUp program—plan to bring Stillwater area families a healthier alternative to fast food.

Great Harvest’s menu will offer fresly-baked whole-grain breads and sweets, made-to-order sandwiches, daily soup offerings on its lunch menu and a full line of espresso coffees from Stillwater’s River Moon Roastery.

Partnering with PowerUp

As the result of a partnership with PowerUp, Great Harvest will also offer “Family Real Meal Deals,” that include sandwiches made with the bakery’s whole grain bread and a hydration station in the bakery offers healthier fruit and vegetable-infused waters as an alternative to sugary drinks.

“This partnership is very important to PowerUp because our goal is to make it easy and fun for kids and families to eat better and be more active,” Canterbury said.

PowerUp is working with the entire community to increase fruits, veggies and family meals and decrease sugar-sweetened beverages for families and kids.

“Great Harvest is a wonderful partner in bringing this idea ‘to life’ by including fruits and veggies with their kids meals and having hydration stations instead of sweetened drinks,” she said.

A hydration station is ice cold water infused with fresh flavors of fruits and veggies such as strawberry/lime or cucumber/mint.

“This makes water appealing and delicious,” Canterbury said.

Canterbury said she shared the idea of the hydration station with the Fleischmans and they loved it.

“The (hydration station) will make a big difference by offering these no sugar, delicious drinks to customers when they open, Canterbury said. “The fact that they also are not serving any sweetened soda is a big deal.”

These kind of small, yet bold changes really can help kids in the Stillwater Area PowerUp, Canterbury said. It’s exciting.

Community Piano and Other Goodies

“Most unique, however, will be a community piano in the bakery where customers will be invited to stop in and play,” Natasha said. “We will offer a free drink to any of our customer musicians who want to play a tune or two. We really want to encourage an atmosphere of community and fun.”

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A Team Effort Aimed at Getting Kids to Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

Customers will also have access to free high-speed wireless Internet, and can watch the baking process in action as bakers knead the dough and handcraft each loaf.

Featured daily will be Great Harvest’s Honey Whole Wheat, High Five Fiber and Dakota Wheat breads. The Cheddar Garlic, Cinnamon Chip, Cranberry Orange, Artichoke Parmesan and Pumpernickel Rye breads will be on the rotating menu.

Gluten-friendly breads, a term used because of the risk of cross contamination in the bakery and not recommended for celiacs, is baked on Wednesdays, Natasha said.

If you’re in the neighborhood, stop in, and Bob says you’ll receive a free slice of bread and sweets hot-out-of-the oven.

“Our bakery is rooted in generosity,” he said, “and we thoroughly enjoy sharing our daily creations.”

Starting Friday, Great Harvest will be open from 6 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays.

Shawn Hogendorf January 16, 2013 at 04:20 PM
Hey Ben, it was supposed to show up in the map on the right side of the screen... fail. So, to answer a question many have asked: it will be located at 2510 Curve Crest Blvd., across from Cub between the transmission repair shop and Culvers. My apologies to those who read this and still wondered: Where is it located?
Pat sievert January 17, 2013 at 02:00 AM
Sounds like a great place,welcome to Stillwater.Good luck
Melissa McLean January 17, 2013 at 06:17 PM
What a terrific, healthy addition to Stillwater, although in all honesty, I wish Great Harvest were REPLACING the newest McDonald's or that icky White Castle instead. Get rid of that garbage and add more fine venues like Great Harvest and/or Noodles & Co.
jill Blanchard January 19, 2013 at 06:37 PM
At the Burnsville store they offer two kinds of cheesy breadsticks, one is thicker & spicey. I live 45 mins away, but if I'm ever in that area I go buy some. They aren't the same as the ones in Woodbury. Will u have these??
Susan February 06, 2013 at 11:00 PM
I just bought and tried the gluten free bread. I love it!! Gluten free eating can be challenging and is a slow learning process when trying to replace wheat. Bread is usually boring, dry, and not very enjoyable. This bread is excellent! It is flavorful and has a nice whole-grain texture. I was once again reminded that the bread is gluten "friendly", not guaranteed gluten free, as there is a chance of cross contamination. If you have Celiac, you know what I mean. I appreciate that they make the effort to let everyone know the difference and I will report back if I do have a reaction. Thanks so much for making this bread available!!


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