Bakery opens in Elburn

The interior of Made From Scratch, Elburn’s newest business, is decorated with yellow-and-blue stripes and pink rose wallpaper. Photo by Rachel Mathys.

By Rachel Mathys,  Reporter

Made From Scratch is open and serving up fresh-baked goods and coffee in downtown Elburn. Valerie McGrath opened her new bakery on last month on Main Street and intends to expand the menu as her business expands.

“We sell baked good, breakfast pastries, cupcakes and cookies,” McGrath said.

Sophomore Jenna Unruh, an employee at Made From Scratch, said the menu changes regularly.

“They sell different things different days,” Unruh said. “The owner is the main baker.”

McGrath graduated from Cordon Bleu, a culinary school in Chicago, and worked at several restaurants before striking out on her own.

“I’m a pastry chef by profession,” McGrath said. “And I was tired of always working in restaurants.”

Though Made From Scratch was originally scheduled to open on Dec. 1, McGrath hit several delays on the way to her dream. The new business is a welcoming sight in Elburn for many residents, who have seen too many empty storefronts in recent years.

“It’s been disappointing to see empty space downtown, so it was a breath of fresh air to see something new open,” Kelly Kadlec, an Elburn resident, said.

The bakery is a new way for residents to get stylish, homemade coffee and pastries at a convenient location. The average price for an item on Made From Scratch’s menu is around two dollars, McGrath said, and boxes of pastries or cupcakes are available.

The interior of the bakery is decorated with a variety of floral and checker board patterns, decorative tea pots and white chandeliers. There are several tables where customers can sit and enjoy baked goods and coffee, and newspapers are provided so customers can sit back and relax while eating.

Junior Lyndi Scholl said she hoped that Made From Scratch will be a success in its location on Main Street in downtown Elburn.

“I think it will be a success because there aren’t any bakeries in Elburn,” said junior Lyndi Scholl. “Everyone seems to be excited about it.”

Freshman Ben Barnes said that he looked forward to trying desserts, while freshman Kacey Farthing would like to see cookies and chocolate cake filling the display cases in the bakery.

Made From Scratch is located at 2 S. Main Street and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.