* 1995 - Chris & Lori's Bakehouse was established March 20, 1995. We opened in DeForest, Wisconsin as a bakery and cafe, serving breakfast and lunch and offering a full line bakery. We made everything except wedding cakes! In addition we began wholesaling our products to area businesses. As our wholesale business picked up we decided this was the way to go.
*1996 - Began selling our products at the Dane County Farmer's Market on the Capitol Square in Madison on Saturday mornings.
* 1997 - Moved the business to Poynette, WI on Nov. 1st, 1997. This time as a wholesale only operation, specializing in baking, and not open to the public. We continue to sell at the Farmer's Market on Saturdays.
*1998 - 2000 Our wholesale business grows steadily in the Madison area.
*2001 - We decided to take a giant step and start wholesaling to stores in the Milwaukee area, and our business grows by leaps and bounds! Now we can't keep up with doing all of the baking and delivering ourselves, so we hire drivers/sales staff.
*2002 - We start distributing through Crestwood Bakery of West Allis, WI.
*2003 - Jan. 1st 2003, we moved into our new building with lots more space. We cut down on the varieties we offer, to only the top sellers of our dessert bars and our seasonal items.
*2004 - July of 2004 we started distributing through Sysco Foods of Baraboo, WI and Sysco East of Jackson, WI. Chris and Lori continue to do all of the baking, with 5 employees doing the packaging. We are now available to all Sentry stores, Woodman's stores, Piggly Wiggly's and many other independently owned stores in Wisconsin and Illinois.
*2007 - We continue distrubuting through Sysco, and started distributing through Lipari Foods of Warren MI, and are now available in 10 states.