The late Joseph Zakreski was an out-of-work truck driver who was given a chance to buy a sales and delivery route from a local wholesale pie bakery. In 1979 when the wholesale bakery stopped their production of donuts and pastries, he bought the related equipment and began producing donuts for his sales route. For years, his wife, Jane would bake cakes out of their home for him to sell to customers on his route. Eventually, products were added when customer demand grew. Many of the recipes used today are the same recipes used by Joseph and Jane Zakreski. It was at this point that Minooka Pastry Shop began it’s ascendancy to becoming one of the largest bakeries in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Joseph Zakreski is a 2nd generation owner of Minooka Pastry Shop. He is a self-taught baker with 30+ years of experience. Joe holds a bachelors degree in Chemistry from the University of Scranton. He also has a talent for computer hardware technology in which he believes, “as a successful owner, computer technology is essential to a well functioning business.”
Robert Zakreski is a 2nd generation owner of Minooka Pastry Shop. He is a self-taught baker with 30+ years of experience. Bob holds a degree in building construction from Johnson Technical Institute, which he used to enhance and expand the existing building in order for the business to grow. As owner, he has successfully run the business for the past 30+ years. The reason for the business success is because, “ I’ve dedicated myself to making the best product for the best price.”