They say it’s never too late to follow your dreams. Just ask Beulah resident Bonnie Nies in our newest edition of Positively North Dakota.
Bonnie Nies has spent most of her life in the small town of Beulah. Her father was a contractor growing up, so she followed in his footsteps and painted houses for over 40 years.
But she had other plans for her life.
“And I’m sure that’s all I ever talked about every time I painted was, ‘I’m going to open a bakery someday.’ And I bet they were like, ‘Yeah, right.’
She’s in her 60s now, but Bonnie never gave up on her dream of opening up her own bakery. In 2012, her husband got in a bad work accident, so she needed to stay home to take care of him.
It was then, she started baking…
“I went and made some flyers up, went downtown, gave some samples out,
And then, she baked some more…
“And I think I had 30-something orders for Christmas that very first year.”
Bonnie bakes cookies, cakes, kuchen, and even donuts. She has worked out of this small kitchen ever since that first year…and her clientel has grown ever since. She has baked herself — right out of this kitchen — and into her own storefront right on Main Street.
“The people in town are so excited. I have a big support system here. So that really does help.”
However, with any new adventure comes the “age old” question…What is Bonnie thinking??.
“‘Why are you doing this now at your age?’ And I always go, ‘Well, because that’s my dream. This is my God-given dream that I’ve had since I was little.’ Any one of us could die at any given time. So, you just can’t stop living because you’re older.”
And she’s not backing down. B’Dolce’s Bakery plans to open as soon as the end of this month.
Bonnie’s husband also has a business of his own – making pickled eggs. They’re sold in 10 stores around the area.