St. Cloud-area home bakery shifts to commercial bakery and coffee shop

SARTELL — A cottage food company in the St. Cloud area will take over the former Dunn Brothers Coffee location along Highway 15 in Sartell.

Co-owners and partners Laura Wolfram and Kayla Adams will operate Corvus Coffee & Bakeshop. The bakery has been run as a home business under Minnesota’s cottage food laws for over a year, said Wolfram, who does the baking. Its specialty is cakes and cupcakes.

But with a commercial location, which Wolfram said they hope to open in October, their offerings will expand to include traditional coffee-shop offerings (think scones and muffins), breakfast items, smoothies made with real fruit and a full-service coffee menu.

Laura Wolfram and Kayla Adams talk about plans for the new Corvus Bakeshop location during an interview at the former Dunn Brothers Coffee location Monday, Aug. 16, 2021, in Sartell.

They will have goodies ready for purchase but will also take special orders, Wolfram said.

“In our minds, our plan was always to be a coffee shop-slash-bakeshop, ultimately,” she said. “That’s kind of been like a goal and a dream of both of ours for a while.”

They’d originally been inspired by a different location that didn’t pan out, but that location is what started the push for the pair to find a commercial space, Adams said. 

“We were already emotionally invested,” Adams said. 

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The Dunn Brothers location is already set up as a coffee shop, and therefore wouldn’t take a significant amount of time to retrofit, Wolfram said.

Laura Wolfram and Kayla Adams stand next to the new location for Corvus Bakeshop Monday, Aug. 16, 2021, in Sartell.

The two have several dreams for Corvus in its new habitat, including eventually utilizing the drive-thru and roasting their own coffee. But Adams said they want to start by doing a few things well and work their way toward those goals.

Corvus Coffee & Bakeshop (named after the scientific moniker for the raven) focuses on using local and organic quality ingredients. Wolfram said in a follow-up email that Corvus Coffee & Bakeshop will do its best to ensure there are offerings for those with special dietary needs or restrictions, specifically gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan choices.

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