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Posted: Friday, January 4, 2013 12:15 pm | Updated: 12:20 am, Sat Jan 5, 2013.

Peggy Bates has always thought about owning her own business, but wasn’t quite sure what it would be.

A graphic artist by trade, Bates was “downsized” during the shaky economy and had to seek employment elsewhere. She ended up helping Terry Gutowski open “Gooters Dough To Go” in March and has worked at the Dundas gourmet take-and-bake shop ever since.

It was that working relationship that led her to the answer to the question of what business she wanted to own. Gutowski decided to go in another direction — and to another state — and offered Bates the opportunity to purchase the business. It didn’t take her long to give him an answer.

“This is a great opportunity because it was here and I was here,” said Bates, who took over ownership on Jan. 1. “I enjoy the food side of this business and the customer interaction. I’m happy knowing that when people leave, they have a good meal to take home.”

Gooters opened in late March 2012 and offers a variety of frozen and dry goods, plus gourmet and traditional take-and-bake pizza and ice cream and frozen dough products. All of the pizzas have names synonymous with Northfield and Dundas, such as “The Mighty Olaf,” “The Younger,” “Jesse James,” “The Heywood,” and “Hearty Cannon.”

“We try to make it fun for the community with the local names,” said Gutowski, who is off to Florida to start another business venture.

At the time of the opening in March, Gutowski, who formerly ran a U-Bake store in Savage, touted the 50 flavors of cookie dough, ranging from bags of regular- to jumbo-size pre-portioned pucks or available in tubs for those who would rather eat it raw. He also said the 12 flavors of Chocolate Shoppe ice cream and products like frozen bread were big sellers.

And while that’s still the case, Bates said she would like to add her touches to the store to try to make it even more successful. Among those ideas are plans to have an indoor ice cream parlor and dining area, a farmer’s market where local growers can sell their wares and a freezer that offers 10-12 different varieties of bratwursts.

“I see this as an opportunity to grow an existing business that has been successful,” said Bates, who has lived in Northfield since 1987. “We’re a little bit of everything and I think we can still be more.”

What does Gutowski think about a Northfielder taking over the business?

“I think the owner needed to live in Northfield and be a part of this community,” he said. “I think it is a great fit her being from here. She’ll be able to continue to grow the business and to grow those relationships within this community.”

Bates looks forward to doing just that, but one of her first orders of business after adding a couple of words to the existing name — making it “Gooters Dough To Go And More” — is to get the word out about the Dundas store.

“I can’t believe how many local people haven’t been here,” she said. “This place is the best-kept secret in town.”

Reach Managing Editor Jerry Smith at 645-1136, or follow him on Twitter.com @NewsNorthfield

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9 comments:

  • Dough to go and More posted at 7:51 am on Fri, Feb 8, 2013.

    Dough to go and More Posts: 4

    Yes! Yes I Am! You should come and see how we prep to do it! Knowing Food safe procedures! ;)

     
  • Richard Olson posted at 7:09 pm on Wed, Jan 30, 2013.

    Richard Olson Posts: 388

    Is she making that Pizza without sanitary gloves on?

     
  • Dough to go and More posted at 8:11 am on Sun, Jan 13, 2013.

    Dough to go and More Posts: 4

    And Overpriced? Take a closer look.... gourmet cookies may be close to $10 a bag, try to your find that type of cookie elsewhere and one you can enjoy freshly baked out of your oven after it has filled your house with the aroma of the baking cookie. Other regular cookies such as Chocolate chip or oatmeal are priced much lower.

    The Hundreds of happy customers that leave my store with happy faces and come back, some all the way from the metro area after finding the store after its move and name change, can't be wrong.

    Give us a try and you will find a delicacy you cannot live without!

     
  • Dough to go and More posted at 7:57 am on Sun, Jan 13, 2013.

    Dough to go and More Posts: 4

    And Overpriced? Take a closer look.... gourmet cookies may be close to $10 a bag, try out of your find that type of cookie elsewhere and one you can enjoy freshly baked out of your oven after it has filled your house with the aroma of the baking cookie.

    The Hundreds of happy customers that leave my store with happy faces and come back, some all the way from the metro area after finding the store after its move and name change, can't be wrong.

    Give us a try and you will find a delicacy you cannot like without!

     
  • Dough to go and More posted at 7:50 am on Sun, Jan 13, 2013.

    Dough to go and More Posts: 4

    Guess you haven't taken home a pizza from our menu! You will be wonderfully surprised as I was when I tried my first one last march. A delightful hand tossed crust with fresh ingredients, gourmet ingredients... artichoke hearts, spinach, jalapeno bacon, to mention a few. Also with Thin crust and Gluten free crust options also. Not to mention 4 cheese options and 5 sauce options. Also coupons included on pizzas are good every time a customer returns, and ALL DO!!!! Give us a try and you will LOVE>>>>>> [smile]

     
  • Smylexx posted at 9:20 pm on Mon, Jan 7, 2013.

    Smylexx Posts: 423

    Just took a look at the menu, can you say extremely OVER PRICED! I can have pizza cooked and delivered for less than that, why on earth would I take the time to drive there and home and pay to cook the thing.

     
  • Crimsenroze posted at 4:21 pm on Mon, Jan 7, 2013.

    Crimsenroze Posts: 8

    Not to be an echo, but I was excited when a store like Gooters was going to open. I was in there 1 time for less than 10 minutes. The product for quantity is way over priced. Being a decorator I was looking for a dependable/ local supply store. What I found was repackaged/ expensive goods. While most of what I wanted wasnt ther,e the stuff that was, was less than appealing. I do try to support the local businesses but when one can go to Faribault or Lakeville and spend less for much more, that wins. Also I might suggest when someone wants something you dont have, you offer to get it in.

     
  • KathyK posted at 8:43 am on Sat, Jan 5, 2013.

    KathyK Posts: 1

    I completely agree with leilo. The inside of the store could use some sprucing up, and the name could definitely use a complete overhaul. And while I absolutely love cookies,it is really hard to justify spending close to $10 for a bag of them. I think the prices are a bit high to shop there on any regular basis. Maybe as a special treat, but certainly not my "go to" location for our baked goods. If the prices were lower I might consider it more often.

     
  • leilo posted at 10:13 pm on Fri, Jan 4, 2013.

    leilo Posts: 8

    I wish her the best! May I suggest a few things to make the experience better. I was very excited to hear of it's opening, but found the place to be lackluster. It needs color on the walls. Better decor as well. It doesn't have an identity. It's just a "store." The ice cream portions where never the same every time I went and I finally gave up on the place. Think of the type of people that would buy baking items and that spend time on creating homemade creations. Would they appreciate what they see? It just feels cold in there and for the prices, I want an experience. Otherwise, I can go to the city to get everything I need and most likely cheaper. Also, no offense, but the name of the store is not appealing. I would completely change it. I am not alone in this feeling. Many people have mentioned it. It means nothing to someone driving by. It's lost advertising to all cars that go by.

     

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