Rise'n Roll opens, brings joy and Amish treats

Rise'n Roll Bakery, 1320 Lincolnway, Valparaiso, cut the ribbon for it’s grand opening on Tuesday. Although the bakery has been open for a week, its grand opening ceremony officially kicked off the start of the company with prizes given out to customers.

According to Valparaiso store owner Cory Good, the bakery is a chain started when an Amish couple wanted to sell high quality baked goods made in traditional Amish ways. The products received great feedback, and soon the couple started a small store. Not long after that, it was time for another upgrade.

Eventually, the couple was told the franchise was too big to handle on their own, and they should sell it. This brought the first store in Nappanee, Ind., and many other stores in different locations followed.

For Good and his wife Penny Good, the Valpo location made sense because of the close proximity of the facility where all the baked good are made and shipped overnight. In Middlebury, Ind., Amish employees make the donuts, pies, honey, granola and more without preservatives. Every day Rise’n Roll gets a new fresh order of food, depending on demand for the product.

“It’s all about finding balance,” said Mark Maloney, general manager of Valpo’s Rise’n Roll. “Saturday, we had to close at 1 p.m. because we ran out.”

The overall response to the opening of Rise’n Roll has be positive, according to Cory Good. Community members were thrilled to hear of the opening, feeling that no good bakery existed in Northwest Indiana. Good and Maloney hope this bakery will create closer ties with the Valparaiso community.

“We are members of the Valparaiso Chambers,” Maloney said. “We hope this bakery gives us a closer partnership with Valpo, and we hope to do more buisness with other businesses.”

What sets Rise’n Roll aside from other bakeries is the Amish-only pastries and food, such as amish pasta, butter and popcorn. The Valpo location is the first of the franchise to go with a more modern look.

“It’s the first of the new modern design,” Cory Good said. “Its purpose is not to alienate the Amish heritage because we still have aspects of Amish heritage in the bakery.”

Rise’n Roll is full of Amish memorabilia such as a bike, a washer and a volleyball net.

According to Maloney, the Amish really enjoy volleyball. When he and his daughter, Alex Maloney, went to Middlebury for training, Caroline, an Amish employee, explained that volleyball is a social event and a time for men and women to gather together and see their girlfriends and boyfriends.

Junior Valpo student Andi Stilts just started working at Rise’n Roll and found out about the job through Alex Maloney, who is also a Valpo student.

“It’s been really awesome,” Stilts said. “Pretty hectic the last few days, but it makes me think I’m getting something done and doing something besides school.”

Stilts recommended the cinnamon caramel doughnut, nicknamed “Amish crack.”

“You can’t compare it,” Stilts said. “It’s a melt-in-your-mouth kind of moment.”

Risen’ Roll doughnuts are available in premade assortments or can be individually purchased. Coffee and other bakery items can also be purchased. For more information visit risenroll.com or call (219) 242-8160.

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