Decades old family business continues Paczki tradition
Tina Kreger spends most of her time in her bakery, Kreger's bakery. It was started by her mother and father. They've since passed away, but the business remains in the family with Kreger and her daughters.
Since year one, Kreger's bakery has always celebrated Fat Tuesday by selling paczki and king cakes. Kreger said the paczki sell out every year and well before closing time.
"It's very busy-- busier than Valentines Day. It's a lot of hours and a lot of work but we all bring it together. "
This year after an exhaustive baking process, Kreger started the day with 89 dozen of the polish treats. NewsChannel 7's Emily Boyer spoke with a customer in line to get his paczki.
"Tradition says you'll have bad luck for the year if you don't at least have one. I'm heading up now to work a new project and I thought if I show up with a dozen paczki, that'll probably bring me some good luck." Joel Kuna of Chicago said.
Even though-- Kreger expects to sell out of her paczki today. The bakery will make more and sell paczki until Easter.