Long time neighborhood favorite Berolina Bakery is celebrating its 25th anniversary in May. Bought as a struggling business in 1991 by then-newlyweds Anders and Youna Karlsson, the bakery has since grown and prospered and is now a local staple for breads, pastries, sandwiches and cakes.
Having met in California in 1987, Anders and Youna moved back to Anders’ native Stockholm and ran a bakery there for some years. California was never far from their hearts though, and in 1991 the opportunity to buy Berolina Bakery had them packing their bags and moving back. Their commitment went beyond the bakery – the couple married the day after escrow closed!
“No honeymoon ever lined up,” said Youna with a laugh.
Not long after, two sons were born and were basically raised at the bakery, making Berolina’s a true family owned and operated business.
The couple invested in updated equipment and added European Bakery to the name. Early changes included offering first coffee then traditional European pastries and bread, seasonal Scandinavian treats, and, of course, their signature princess cake. Youna added Belgium waffles from her home country and began hosting catered waffle parties. A lunch menu of homemade soups, salads and sandwiches have since rounded out Berolina’s offerings.
Berolina Bakery is located at 3421 Ocean View Blvd. in Glendale 91208.