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Local Eats: The ABC Bakery is former Jackson County administrator’s retirement hobby

JACKSON, MI — Randy Treacher has been baking since he was 9 years old.

Under the watchful eye of his mother and grandmother, Treacher learned the ins-and-outs of baking and cooking.

After retiring as Jackson County administrator in December 2010 and working a few other jobs, Treacher decided to open The ABC Bakery in 2020. He makes cakes, candy, cookies, cupcakes, pies, breads, rolls and other baked goods by order only from his Jackson home-based bakery.

“It’s more of a retirement hobby turned serious hobby,” Treacher said.

Treacher thought about a physical storefront location but eventually decided to stay home based. He faced a set back in the business in late 2020 after getting COVID-19 and spending 27 days in the hospital.

“I had to cancel all of my Thanksgiving orders,” Treacher said. He didn’t resume baking until March after the recovery period.

Now back to work, he’s busier than ever with graduation and other orders.

“It hasn’t been as good as I hoped,” Treacher said. “It’s busier than my wife wants me to be but not quite as busy as I would like it to be.”

The sugar cookies, from a recipe he created, are the most popular thing ordered. Treacher has about 2,000 cookie cutter designs in his arsenal and about 400 kinds of sprinkles for cookies and cupcakes. He recently did an order for the Dahlem Center preschool graduation.

“I did 100 woodland creature cookies,” Treacher said. “I did skunks, foxes, squirrels and deer.”

He also does a fair amount of birthday cakes. He recently added breads to his menu with loaves, sub buns, hamburger buns and hot dog buns available. For bread, he makes whole wheat, white, marble rye and sourdough.

Treacher also is proud of the pies he makes. All of the fillings are fresh or flash-frozen fresh fruit.

“I make deep dish pies,” Treacher said. “It’s just something about having a nice piece of pie that is all-American.”

Treacher uses top-quality flours, vanilla and butter in his baking.

“Everything I do has to be the best quality ingredients,” Treacher said. “I look at everything I make as something that I would want to have myself.”

For more information on The ABC Bakery or to order, visit or Call 517-262-6995.


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