For 36 years, Das Meyer bakery has been an Arvada staple. The classic green and white building, tucked into a neighborhood off 64th Avenue, invites everyone from locals to celebrities alike to sit …
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For 36 years, Das Meyer bakery has been an Arvada staple. The classic green and white building, tucked into a neighborhood off 64th Avenue, invites everyone from locals to celebrities alike to sit down, enjoy a pastry, and support a local family-owned business.
While the bakery has gained recognition over the years — celebrities from Princess Diana to Ronald Reagan have enjoyed the bakery’s signature cakes while in Colorado — and winning recognition from the Arvada Chamber of Commerce, the most important thing for owner Dennis Meyer is his family.
On any given day at Das Meyer, various members of the Meyer family, spanning three generations, can be found at the bakery. Each family member has their own niche, ranging from decorating to baking to interacting with customers at the storefront.
Although the store runs on just eight employees, the youngest members of the family help out with smaller tasks and learn the ins and outs of the bakery. Meyer has four children, all of whom work at the bakery as well as three grandchildren ranging from ages four to eleven.
“I’m very fortunate that it’s all family,” says Meyer.
Meyer’s daughter, Rachael, agrees.
“It makes you have a closer family because you’re always working together. You can rely and count on each other, so that builds that relationship both on a personal level and with the business as well,” she says.
At the bakery, pastries such as Danishes, breads, and other desserts are made daily to put in the glass showcases for walk-in customers. After that, “every day is completely different. It really depends upon what is on order for the store,” says Rachael.
On Saturdays, Das Meyer hosts an open house cake tasting for wedding cakes. The bakery’s main focus is wedding cakes and other special occasion cakes such as anniversaries, holidays, and birthdays. Making one cake takes, on average, around two hours from baking the cake itself to making the filling and decorating it--and that is just a simple cake. With more elaborate cakes, such as multi-tiered or 3D wedding cakes, the entire process can take several hours.
Meyer got his start cleaning and other odd jobs in a bakery in his hometown of Crown Point, Indiana when he was a kid, meaning Meyer has been in the bakery industry for 58 years and counting. When he moved to Colorado in 1972, Meyer worked for a few local bakeries, many of which no longer exist, and eventually opened Das Meyer in 1982.
The bakery moved to its current location off 64th in 1992. As the self-proclaimed longest family-owned bakery and business in the Denver metro area, Dennis Meyer emphasizes that his personal history is not important, but rather his value of family and the reputation that has earned the bakery.
“That’s what makes the people come from all over the city, from different parts of Colorado. A reputation isn’t given. It’s earned.”
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