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Couple opens Monarch Bakery in Rockford

A couple open a new bakery in downtown Rockford.

Ben and Abbie Stratton will be hosting a grand opening of Monarch Bakery at 54 Courtland Street in Rockford in the former Kimberly’s boutique on Saturday, January 8th at 10 a.m.

Abbie Stratton is the pastry chef, her husband runs the business. Monarch, who previously sold his wares at various farmers’ markets, will offer traditional pastries and vegan goodies, including French macarons and vegan chocolate croissants.

The company will also provide catering for corporate parties, weddings and other events.

Stratton first recognized the shortage of vegan and gluten-free pastry options through a college friend.

Abbie Stratton. Courtesy Monarch Bakery

“By helping her, I’ve learned how difficult it is for vegans or those with egg or milk allergies to get baked goods, especially those that taste so good you can’t tell the difference,” said Stratton.

The Monarch team is preparing to offer traditional comfort treats like scones, warm apple pie, and hot cocoa bombs.

Abbie Stratton said her treats taste real because of the quality of the products she uses.

“When I make vegan products, I buy the best ingredients and research what I do,” she said.

Likewise, she said patience is key to making the perfect French macaron.

“You can’t rush the process. You have to let the pods rest; You have to give each step the time it takes, even if you hate the waiting, ”she said.

At its grab-and-go counter, Monarch offers baked goods that change daily, as well as cakes, pies or creative dessert packages to order. Gift boxes with macarons – with 73 flavors to choose from – and hot cocoa bombs are also available on special order.

“It gives us pleasure to know that with traditional pastries we can not only make someone’s day, occasion or event very special, but also help people with dietary restrictions to enjoy it,” said Abbie Stratton.

The Monarch Bakery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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