Update: The bakery will now open at 8 a.m. every day but Monday, closing at 6 p.m. on Tuesday-Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday.
For owner Nikolai Kulakevich, opening a bakery is his way of returning to his roots.
Growing up, he said, some of his favorite memories were inside his grandfather’s bakery, which opened in 1946 in Poland.
“Even before I started school, I always liked to mess in the kitchen,” Kulakevich said.
He later became a pastor and missionary, which he did for 19 years. He returned to the kitchen to bake about five years ago. That transition has culminated in the Crema de la Crema Bakery, which opened in Mountlake Terrace on Saturday morning.
“I feel really good,” he said.
City Councilmembers Doug McCardle, Kyoko Matsumoto-Wright and Mayor Pro Tem Rick Ryan were on-hand for a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday morning.
A variety of mousse cakes, cup cakes, cake pops, eclairs, brownies and pies were all for sale, along with espresso and tea drinks. Kulakevich says they plan to offer even more items as they settle into the space, such as bread and breakfast pastries, such as croissants and sweet rolls.
Kulakevich said he hopes customers come by and tell them what they would buy from Crema de la Crema.
“There are so many things that we can do, but we want to hear what people like,” he said.
Crema de la Crema Bakery is located at 21709 66th Ave. W in Mountlake Terrace. Their hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. They are closed on Monday.
–Story and photos by Natalie Covate