Boonville’s Pioneer Bakery opened in the mid-1950s and has been providing sweet treats to all of Warrick County ever since.

The bakery, now located at 215 E. Gum St., is located where a diner once was. The diner moved closer to the high school when its location changed.

Dan Wheeler is the bakery’s third owner. He began his baking career with Great Scot! Supermarket at the age of 16. He has been in the baking business for over 30 years.

Wheeler comes in at night to make the doughnuts, only making a set amount every night, unless there are orders for the next morning. Manager Tammy McCallister and employee Lynn McCallister only handle making cakes and cookies.

“I encourage people to call ahead of time,” Tammy McCallister said. “We close when we run out.”

Tammy McCallister said they request that people do not message the bakery’s Facebook page for order placements.

The bakery offers everyday items such as glazed donuts, long johns, glazed and cinnamon twists, donut holes, honey buns and Bavarian and jelly Bismarks. Daily specials include danishes on Wednesdays, fruit cups and pecan crisps on Thursdays and pecan rolls and sweet rolls on Fridays.

Despite the pandemic being a rough time on businesses, Pioneer Bakery’s business has improved.

“People don’t want to sit in lines at McDonald’s or Arby’s waiting 15 to 20 minutes for their meal, so they’ll come here because they know they will be in and out,” Tammy McCallister said.

Lynn McCallister said the bakery doesn’t throw any food away. Any leftovers are taken to organizations in the community such as food kitchens or nursing homes.

“We really appreciate the community’s support,” Tammy McCallister said. “With everything that’s going on, there are a lot of businesses closing their doors, and without the community, we would be one of them.”

Pioneer Bakery opens at 5:30 a.m. Tuesdays through Sundays and is closed on Mondays. For questions or to place orders, call 812-897-5755.

Karah Wilson, kwilson@messenger-inquirer.com

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