ReGrow Dining Spotlight
John Lupo, Owners
In 1978 John Lupo took a leap of faith when he purchased a Mr. Donut store on Prosperity Ave. on St. Paul’s east side. Maybe the word prosperity was an omen? Fourteen years later in 1992 John moved into the building on Beurkle Rd. in White Bear Lake, where Grandma’s Bakery has been ever since. Through a lot of hard work and many great signature baked goods, such as their apple fritters, pastries and fantastic special occasion cakes, the bakery has continued to grow.
Grandma’s has always supported many significant community events, including: Taste of White Bear Lake, Marketfest, Manitou Days and sponsorship of countless events and fundraisers. But the granddaddy of all events, and a brainchild of John’s was the quest to build the “World’s Longest Ice Cream Sundae”, in 2015. At 1011 feet long, the creation landed WBL in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Like so many of our local businesses, Grandma’s has had to “pivot” and create new products, processes and ideas to create new revenue streams as a result of COVID. “We have been through tough times before and will get through this one too”, says John in a recent conversation. He is very grateful to the WBL community and the city for the way they have all come together to find ways to help our small businesses succeed.
A new creation for the bakery has been the “Original Hockey Puck” cake. Individually packaged mini chocolate cakes in the shape of hockey pucks come packed with Minnesota Hockey Trivia cards that will challenge the most knowledgeable of fans. The cakes are available for order by phone or email and will be available online soon. The addition of ice cream in May at the downtown WBL store has been a “home run” as well, says John.