Historic Weed Bakery celebrates official grand opening

Jeff Knebel
Weed Bakery owners, Weed Chamber members, friends and family gathered at the bakery for an official ribbon cutting Thursday morning. Left to right: Eric Yerkes, George Whitmer, Calvin Hocker, Kiley Shaffer, Mike Michelon, Jeannie Tuman, Ronda Gubetta, Margie Michelon, Teresa Ecklund, Marilyn Yawnick, Kevin Shaffer, Anna Powell, Linda Carlin, Marlena Shaffer, Sharyl Wilson, Lorraine Navaro, Marie Michelon, Chris Phillips and Gino Michelon.

Siskiyou County is rich in history; nearly every person, place and thing has a story to tell.

Located at 211 Main Street, the Weed Bakery, one of the oldest businesses in town and housed in one of the oldest buildings still standing, has plenty of history stored within its brick walls.

The next chapter in the bakery’s long story is being written by new owners Mike and Margie Michelon and their daughter and son-in-law, Marlena and Kevin Shaffer.

The Michelons purchased the 102 year-old bakery in May 2007 as a family project. “My wife has an interest in baking and our daughter thought it was a good idea, so we went ahead and did it,” said Mike.

The family opened the business last August after it had been closed for roughly five months. But, due to their busy schedules, they postponed an official ribbon cutting until this past Thursday, Mike said.

The bakery’s 20 square-foot brick oven, which Mike believes was built around 1916, is still used to bake all of the bread products.

Mike said business is going well and that the bakery’s products are sold in almost all South Siskiyou County markets and many restaurants.

“Everything’s going very smoothly; we’re always growing,” he said. “We’re getting ready to expand to the Yreka and North Siskiyou County markets and restaurants.”

The bakery held a grand opening on Saturday July 12. Complimentary donuts and cookies were provided and a 19 inch LCD Flat Screen TV was given away to a lucky drawing winner. Other prizes given away included gift baskets, t-shirts and coffee mugs.

“We had a really good turn-out,” said Mike. “Lots of folks came by and enjoyed lots of donuts and cookies.”

The Michelons encourage anyone to stop by and sample all the fresh made bread, bagels, donuts, cookies, etc. The Bakery can be reached at 938-4549.