Baker Meister at
N51-W34922 E. Wisconsin Ave. in Okauchee. The authentic
German bakery is set to open on May 10 and offer a
variety of fresh baked goods, including breads,
pretzels, strudels, kringles and more.
Alex Nemec/Freeman Staff
OKAUCHEE — Baker
Meister, an authentic German bakery, is set to open its
doors at N51-W34922 E. Wisconsin Ave. in Okauchee on May
10 to offer consumers a slew of fresh baked goods.
Michael Schuerstedt, who moved to the United States from
Germany in 1988, said Baker Meister will offer strudels,
pretzels, kringles, coffee cakes, butter cookies and
Schuerstedt said he started his bakery career in
Wisconsin and, after a stint in Illinois, has found his
“I learned my trade in Germany,” Schuerstedt said. “I
was always a baker, I always loved baking. I started my
bakery business here and I finally came back.”
Hans Weissgerber owns the building which was the former
Pauline’s Supper Club and said the bakery will help kick
off Okauchee’s downtown zoning district revitalization.
“I think it’s a great opportunity to have one place as a
catalyst for more investment,” Weissgerber said. “I
think Okauchee is ready to step out and get some good
investments and good small business and maybe more
residential and make downtown Okauchee happen.”
Weissgerber said he marketed the business to get someone
to run the business and found Schuerstedt and his
business in Illinois.
Schuerstedt said, “we got to this property here and I
saw the area and we fell in love with it. There wasn’t a
bakery and the area needed a bakery.
“The area was nice and I could see myself here retiring
with my wife and have a good 20, 25 years of business.”
Schuerstedt said Wisconsin’s strong German heritage and
tradition drew him and his wife, Gwendolyn, back. “The
whole state of Wisconsin has strong traditions, you go
down to Illinois and Chicago, it’s all about the
business and not about the people,” Schuerstedt said.
“Here it’s about the people.”