Wildflour owes its existence to customers who appreciate good bread and delicious pastries.
When Ken &Kelly Wingard began selling products from their friends' Champaign, Illinois bakery at Decatur's Central Park Farmer's Market in June of 2010, they quickly realized people in Macon County were starved for quality baked goods. Customer after customer encouraged the Wingards to set up shop in Decatur on a permanent basis.
Since their friends, Seka and Dragan Cuk, had already gone to the trouble of refining all of the recipes and developing Pekara Bakehouse, a wholesale bakery to support Pekara Bakery& Bistro, their downtown Champaign retail store, the Wingards figured why not share Pekara's goodness with the people in Macon County? So, they started looking for a retail location.
That first farmer's market ended October 30, 2010 and Wildflour Artisan Bakery & Cafe Inc. opened shop two days later (November 1, 2010) at 256 West Main Street -- just a few blocks away from the Central Park location where it all began.
In 2012, Wildflour embarked on an ambitious expansion plan, including the addition of a full kitchen, two new handicapped accessible restrooms, a parking lot, the Wildflour Tea Room and the Root Cellar, an antique/vintage/artisan crafts shop. These improvements make Wildflour an attractive venue for bridal and baby showers, birthday parties, breakfast or lunch meetings, and afternoon tea/shopping excursions.
Wildflour still sells Pekara bread and croissants, but the majority of baked goods are now produced onsite - while maintaining Pekara's impeccable standards for high-quality, clean-label products. In addition to bakery items, Wildflour offers breakfast, lunch, and catering options.
Wildflour and the Root Cellar are located in a 100-year old building on brick-lined West Main Street in Decatur, Illinois.
Situated between the city's center and its historic near-west residential region, the location offers the charm of a neighborhood bakery within walking distance of downtown businesses.
Once an antique store (and now an antique store again!), the site retains its vintage ambiance with an eclectic mix of treasures, including a stained glass window from Decatur's original YMCA, a circa 1880's butter churn, and a rare curved-glass and carved wood fireplace mantle.
With wi-fi access, Wildflour blends the old and new to create an inviting place in which to enjoy a good cup of coffee, a great croissant, and a unique place to buy gifts and vintage home décor.