Locals come to the rescue of historic artisan bakery – The First News
Local residents are rallying to help save the oldest and last artisan bakery in Warsaw’s Praga district after a social media appeal posted by the owners of the business.
In business for nearly four decades and now run by the fourth generation of the same baker family, Manufaktura Wypieków Pozorek, located on Jadowska Street in Warsaw’s Praga Północ, recently announced that its future was threatened by rising business costs.
In an emotional message posted on Facebook by the youngest members of the family, Sebastian and Łucja Pozorek, the company wrote: “Listen everyone, things are bad. Even very bad. I’m sure you are aware of the situation in the market.
“On Christmas Eve, we received another increase in our gas prices of almost 100%. In January, an additional 50%. Since June, our prices have increased by more than 350%.
“We are small craftsmen from Praga and unfortunately we are not able to carry this burden. We have two options: 1. close our bakery 2. drastically increase the price of our bread… There is also a third option, YOU.
“We would like to ask for your help. Let your family, friends and colleagues know that there is a nice little bakery in Praga. Thank you for sharing our publication so that as many people as possible can know us, in this case there may be a chance… It is a family tradition, initiated by our great-grandfather Roman Dobrowolski, which has been passed on to us by our grandfather Marian Pozorek, later our father Darek Pozorek, may survive.
“It’s not about the company…It’s about our passion and the heart we put into our work and the traditions we try to carry on.”
The historic bakery has existed on the same site in Praga since the early 1980s when it was founded by Marian Pozorek who learned the trade from her father-in-law who had a bakery in Warsaw during the interwar period.
Imbued with a passion for the baking profession, Marian Pozorek opened her Praga bakery in 1984.
In 2000, he established Poland’s first and only private bread museum dedicated to the history of bread-making, with an exhibition of unique objects collected by Pozorek dating back to 1890.
After the death of Marian Pozorek in 2015 and that of her son Dariusz in 2017, the bakery is now owned and run by Dariusz’s wife, Agnieszka Pozorek, and her children Sebastian and Łucja with the help of Agnieszka’s mother. and an additional worker.
Speaking to TFN, Ageniszka Pozorek said: “Our bakery is the oldest in Praga and one of the oldest in Warsaw. The saddest thing would be to lose all the heritage that has been built, including the bread museum, that’s what hurts us the most… For my father-in-law, pastry was a passion: both work and leisure .
“After the fall of communism and the introduction of various additives in bread products, he vowed to stick to traditional and natural recipes. This continues today and we have not changed anything in the recipe and the cooking method written by Marian Pozorek”.
Since her call, people have stepped up to help save the historic bakery with the original post shared 1,200 times.
Agnieszka Pozorek told TFN: “The response so far has been amazing, our sales have increased by 200%. I can’t believe there are so many good people ready to support us and giving us their kind words of support as well. It’s really unbelievable “.