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Supportive Community Keeps Sunflour Bakehaus in Downtown Farmington

Owners Jeff Pavlik and Becky Burns say their loyal clientele provide a base of support that has helped them weather tough economic times.

In 1998, a young couple who had never set foot in the community bought a bakery in the heart of downtown Farmington. 

Nearly 15 years later, Jeff Pavlik and Becky Burns have turned Farmington Bakery into Sunflour Bakehaus. Their art-filled Grand River store hums with activity during the day as customers old and new come in for cookies, pastries, cakes and their popular Old World bread. 

Burns said the bakery's longevity and success can be attributed to a number of factors, not the least of which is their loyal customers. 

"This is a very well supported business by the community," she said. When the economy took a turn, the couple survived by tightening their belts. "We've done a lot more of the work ourselves," Burns added. "We just hunkered down. We still try to have the best quality product we can, but there are other things that we've cut back on." 

Over the years, the Burns-Pavlik family has grown to include three children, Rosie, Hank and Zack. All three have been raised, in every sense of that word, in the bakery and in downtown Farmington. One of Burns' favorite stories happened when Rosie, now 11, was just a baby. 

"My mother-in-law was in town for the week from St. Louis, and she was pushing Rosie in the stroller. Someone, we still don't know who it was, stopped her, looked at Rosie and said, 'I know that's Rosie, but who are you?'," Burns said. "That's what we love about raising our kids in this community. People look out for them."

While owning a business can be demanding, Pavlik said he and Burns have made a conscious decision to ensure they have time for family. The bakery is open Tuesday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturdays 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

"It doesn't suit everyone, but it's our secret recipe to keep going," Pavlik said. "It's really easy, especially for bakers, to work themselves to death ... Part of the secret is that we do it our own way. Sometimes, you have to put yourself first, so you can keep doing it." 

Pavlik said he is very clear about what he cannot do, and he does whatever he can to help his customers. On Tuesday, for instance, a woman came in at 6:30 a.m. looking for a cake to take to work.

"She walked away with a cake and got to the office by 7, she was thrilled," Pavlik said. "That, I could do. But if I can't do something, I'll tell you." 

Sunflour Bakehaus is located at 33250 Grand River in Farmington. Learn more by visiting sunflourbakehaus.com or finding them on Facebook. You can also post a review of this business on their Patch directory listing. 

Lynn January 30, 2013 at 11:23 AM
Jeff and Becky offer imaginative and tasty baked goods and terrific customer service! Their hard work has built the customer support they now enjoy.
Vera Lucksted January 30, 2013 at 12:26 PM
What Lynn said, great product, wonderful people. We're lucky to have them here in Farmington!
Karl N. Peterson January 30, 2013 at 05:35 PM
I wonder who the present owners purchased the business from. I went to Sweden in 1957 with the founders of the bakery & often wonder what happened to them. Nils Peterson
sandra January 30, 2013 at 05:37 PM
Their goodies and their customer service are probably the best in town. My daughter and I enjoy going in there whenever we can!! They truly are a great asset to Farmington!
Marcia January 30, 2013 at 06:07 PM
I will repeat what the others have said.....wonderful people, great products and yes, Farmington is VERY lucky to have them as one of our many great businesses!
Michael Ritenour January 30, 2013 at 06:14 PM
Three words: GOOEY BUTTER CAKE!!
Kristin Curle January 30, 2013 at 07:26 PM
I LOVE their blueberry muffins!!! Thanks Becky!!
KP January 30, 2013 at 09:19 PM
We haven't had ANYTHING, that we don't LOVE from Sunflour Bakehaus! We hope you are here for another 15 more years!!
Ken King January 30, 2013 at 11:25 PM
Great people, Great products, Great freinds- here's to a bright future !
j.miner January 31, 2013 at 02:03 AM
Best cheese cake ever! Thank you for allowing my Paws for a Cause Puppy in training into your store. He learned his under the table training there and where the best dog treats in town were.

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