Kelowna bakery featured on Meals Community closing for good

After 15 years in Kelowna, owner Tanya Garrett, of Whisk Bakery + Cafe, will be shutting down her business July 30.

After 15 years in Kelowna, proprietor Tanya Garrett, of Whisk Bakery + Cafe, might be shutting down her enterprise July 30.

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It was the right storm for Whisk Bakery + Cafe.

A mixture of private points, the rising prices of things resulting from inflation and points with discovering and retaining employees means the bakery might be closing its doorways July 30 for good, stated proprietor Tanya Garrett.

The constructing the place the corporate is housed additionally just lately bought, she stated.

The bakery has been situated at its present location at 203 Rutland Rd North for the previous 11 years and has been in Kelowna for 15. Whereas struggling amid the pandemic, the bakery obtained a full renovation as a part of Challenge Bakeover on Meals Community Canada.

Whisk Bakery + Cafe in Rutland

Whisk Bakery + Cafe in Rutland


“It is attending to the purpose the place we would not have the ability to make it. It is mainly the right storm of all the things… coming collectively. It isn’t one thing we wish to do willingly, it is extra earlier than I bankrupt myself,” she stated.

Identified for her artistic desserts, Garrett stated she’s not going to say she’ll by no means return to the trade however she can be feeling drained after the final three years.

“Being a small enterprise, making it by COVID, we have been so comfortable and simply this yr has been horrible for costs and uncooked components and will increase in wages… and the issue with looking for employees,” she stated.

“It sucks as a result of I have been doing this for 15 years.”

A New York Times cake made by Whisk Bakery + Cafe.

A New York Occasions cake made by Whisk Bakery + Cafe.


Her time after the bakery’s closure might be centered on her four-year-old because the early 4 am shifts as a baker weren’t possible for her toddler.

“I actually do not know what I’ll do subsequent… I am hoping I am going to have the ability to promote sufficient gear that I am going to have just a few months to lick my wounds and work out what I’ll do ,” she stated.

Garrett stated she refused to promote her enterprise and recipes after taking so a few years to create them.

To date, she’s seen an outpouring of assist from the neighborhood wishing her effectively.

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