Pickett Street Properties is dedicated to serving the community and is highlighting businesses and community members that are dedicated to doing the same.
This week we are excited to share with you about the Hillcrest Bakery in Bothell and the Kaskes’ family.
Hillcrest Bakery has been part of the Bothell community since 1934. The Kaskes family started their traditions in Wormer, The Netherlands back in 1838 where Peter Kaskes learned baking from his father. Peter met his love, Leida, at a Carnival Festival performing a folk dance routine. Afterwards, Peter offered to walk Leida home and that was it, they were together from that moment forward. Peter and Leida married just after WWII, had their six children and moved to Bothell, WA after Peter heard that a bakery called “Hillcrest” was looking for a skilled baker. Peter Kaskes purchased Hillcrest Bakery in 1965 and the Kaskes’ have been proudly serving Bothell ever since. Today, there are three generations working at Hillcrest Bakery: Leida, her sons Peter and Bob, her daughter Barbara and her grandchildren Neal and Chazz.
Hillcrest Bakery specializes in Dutch pastries, breads, cakes and cookies! Our home is right on Main Street in Downtown Bothell under the blue awning. The most wonderful thing about being such a long standing part of the Bothell community is the nostalgia that many of our customers feel when they walk through the door. Several people who come to Hillcrest Bakery have been living in Bothell as long as the Kaskes’ have owned Hillcrest. Countless times a day, community members share their childhood memories about coming to Hillcrest Bakery. “I used to ride my bike down here to get a donut after school.” “My dad and I would come in on Saturday mornings to share an apple fritter.” “My parents got their wedding cake from you guys, so I want to too!” Hearing the memories pour out from community members is one of the daily reminders of why we do what we do. We live for making people’s day just a little brighter.
We love what we do and the impact we have on families in Bothell. This is why the recent growth in Bothell is so exciting for us. Hillcrest is getting a huge influx of young families starting their memories in the Bothell community. It is an honor to participate in the milestones in people’s lives through food. We love knowing we’re part of graduations, weddings, baby showers, retirements, birthdays and many other celebratory moments. The Kaskes family intends to continue the traditions that have been established over the last 53 years while taking good care of “new Bothell”.
Everyone working with Hillcrest Bakery is devoted to the quality, tradition and artistry Peter Kaskes envisioned all those years ago. Nothing makes us happier than making Bothell a little sweeter.
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