Taste of success
Owner at home in Calumet bakery
CALUMET — Since Ramonas Bakery opened for business last June, owner Courtney Tucker has had very little time to be bored. In fact, the business has been enjoying a steady increase since it opened just five months ago.
In addition to fresh bakeries and pies, Ramonas also serves drip coffee for those who enjoy a fresh cup with their baked goods.
Tucker, a native of Wisconsin, grew up around her grandmother’s business, which explains why she is at home in a bakery.
“My grandmother ran a bed and breakfast in the upstairs of her house and had a bakery in her basement,” said Tucker. “I spent a lot of time at Grandma’s house.”
Among the cookies and other goods one expects to find at a small bakery, Ramonas customers seem to have their preferences.
“People have really been enjoying the cinnamon rolls and eclaires and cream puffs,” sat Tucker. “People are starting to catch on to my pies.”
The bakery also has indoor seating, which is quite popular. While Tucker bags everything that is purchased to go, she says people are welcome to sit and munch.
From the outside, the building looks deceivingly large. Inside, it is actually quite small.
The structure was originally a Sinclair filling station, built and operated by Italian immigrant, Armido Tambellini and his wife, Anna. Together, they raised two sons, Edward and Floyd.
According to the Keweenaw National Historic Park website, before the filling station was built, the Tambellinis’ saloon building was located on this site, but it was moved north to make way for the filling station.
Today, the dining area is located where the auto repair section of the business was but since then, the interior has been renovated to give an old-fashioned, warm and inviting atmosphere that is appreciated on winter days like those just experienced last week.