A homegrown bakery – the reopening of Sykora’s

I’ve been covering the rebuilding of Czech Village since the June flood devastated the area,  just blocks from where I grew up. Iowa Governor Chet Culver  visited today (4/18/09) to welcome back Sykora Bakery, one of Czech Village’s landmarks. Below are some photos I shot of the event. If you’d like to see more of what’s happening in Czech Village, see the interactive coverage of all the businesses there on GazetteOnline at: http://ads.gazlab.com/goads/Czechvillage/czechvillage.html

You can click on a shop to see a photo and its status – whether or not its rebuilding (though we do need to update with the opening of Sykora Bakery.) You can also send in your own comments and memories of the businesses or add what you know about a building’s history.

Ann Rocarek, daughter of Sykora Bakery owner John Rocarek, fills pastries with apricot filling in the bakery's kitchen.

Ann Rocarek, daughter of Sykora Bakery owner John Rocarek, fills pastries with apricot filling in the bakery's kitchen.

Gov. Chet Culver talks to Jan Stoffer (in black) and Gail Naughton, both of the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, along with Jan's twins.

Gov. Chet Culver talks to Jan Stoffer (in black) and Gail Naughton, both of the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, along with Jan's twins.

Betsy Marlow, 7, of Cedar Rapids, with the kolaches her father bought at Sykora Bakery

Betsy Marlow, 7, of Cedar Rapids, with the kolaches her father bought at Sykora Bakery

Bessie Dugena, left, a Czech Village business owner and former resident of the Czech Village neighborhood, talks to Gov. Chet Culver.
Bessie Dugena, left, a Czech Village business owner and former resident of the Czech Village neighborhood, talks to Gov. Chet Culver.
Gov. Chet Culver, left, talks to Cedar Rapids Mayor Kay Halloran, in red.

Gov. Chet Culver, left, talks to Cedar Rapids Mayor Kay Halloran, in red.

Victor Mark, 12, and Carly Mark, 10, of Van Horne, outside Sykora Bakery.

Carly Mark, 10, and Victor Mark, 12, of Van Horne, outside Sykora Bakery.

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    rickh said,

    as kids we loved it when our dad worked nights at Wilson’s because he brought home bakery from Sykora’s for Sunday breakfast.

    from ’88 to ’97 i worked for a business located next door and passed the tradition of bring home Sykora’s to my daughter.

    growing up i had two Czech great aunts who were the BEST kolache bakers in the world. Sykora’s came really really close to the masterpieces Aunt Barb and Aunt Lilly produced.

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    Dee Baker Shakespeare said,

    In talking with my son, Dan Gray about the floods of 2008, he informed me that John Rocarek had reopened the Sykora Bakery. GREAT. I have many fond memories of John and the Bakery and how hard he worked to make it happen again.

    Congratulations John!! I live in AR now, but will stop by for a pastry when we visit Cedar Rapids again.

    BEST WISHES,
    Dee


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