From startup to staple: Hruska’s Kolaches serves Provo for 10 years

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Over the last decade, Hruska’s Kolaches has served a variety of savory and sweet pastries all across Utah.

Ross Hruska opened the local bakery in 2014 with his two siblings, Cory and Devin, after years of planning.

The three siblings decided to start their business in Provo after noticing a lack of kolache options in Utah.

The business quickly found success in downtown Provo and expanded to Salt Lake, West Jordan and American Fork in the following years.

“It took off a lot more than they anticipated; people liking it,” Hruska’s Kolaches employee Jake Epperson said. “It’s definitely like a hub in Provo where Saturdays in the summer or Saturdays any day the line will be down the street.”

The bakery has had success because of the great work environment the three siblings have fostered over the years, Epperson said.

“They started this in college so they really understand what it’s like to be a college student and to work so they’re very flexible with students and their time,” Epperson said.

Over the last couple years, the three siblings have taken a step back as the business has continued to grow across Utah.

“As we’ve grown and as they’ve put more trust in their managers they’ve kind of taken a step back and let us run the shop,” Provo manager Jamison Metzger said.

Each morning the employees come in at 5 a.m. to prepare the bakery for customer arrival at 6:30 a.m. The bakery stays open until noon every Monday through Saturday.

“I love the hours. I’ve never really been a morning person but to be able to get in a full shift and be done with work by noon is pretty great,” Metzger said.

Employees bake throughout the morning to guarantee fresh kolaches for every customer, Metzger said.

“We bake based on the flow of traffic so if it stays busy we will continue to bake and everything is fresh every morning,” Metzger said.

Hruska’s Kolaches will continue to open its doors to thousands of customers across the state as it prepares for its next 10 years.

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