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The Story Begins…

In 1925 the Stricker and Planzer families both had bakeries on North Avenue in Chicago,IL. The Stricker’s moved to Harvard, IL in 1943 and purchased a bakery from R.J. Keeley. A few years later, in 1949, the Planzers also moved to Harvard and bought the bakery business from the Stricker family. In 1955, Tony and Shirley Stricker acquired the bakery from the Planzers family through their marriage.

Twenty years later, in 1987, Kurt, Paul and Eric Stricker took the family business over from their parents Tony and Shirley. Together they opened a second location in Woodstock, IL. And acquired many loyal customers through excellent customer service, hard work, determination, and only using the finest ingredients.

The Story Continues…

The tradition of excellence in baking continues with the Olesen family. In 2018, Kevin and Angi Olesen purchased Swiss Maid bakeries from Paul and Laura Stricker.

Kevin is a Fourth generation baker who comes from Racine, WI. There, he mastered the art of making the finest Danish bakery from his father. The Danish kringle tradition will continue through Kevin and his family here at Swiss Maid Bakery along with all of the products, and quality that the Stricker family is known for. The Olesen’s look forward to providing fine pastries, breads, desserts, and elegant wedding cakes for many years to come.

Discover the smells & tastes of a bakery steeped in tradition.

Serving fresh goods everyday to the community in both Harvard and Woodstock, IL. Whether you need a quick cookie fix, or a beautifully designed, custom celebration cake, our team at Swiss Maid Bakery is ready to put a smile on your face.