Three young artists win Sluys Bakery coloring contest

Sluys Bakery owner Loretta Sluys presents gift cards to the winners of the bakery
Sluys Bakery owner Loretta Sluys presents gift cards to the winners of the bakery's coloring contest. From left, From left, Anna Nardelli, Audrey McKinney, and Tori Kolbas.
— image credit: Richard Walker

POULSBO — The handcarved and painted Dala horse is a symbol of authentic Swedish handicraft and is one of Sweden's most popular souvenirs.

But in pictures colored by Anna Nardelli, Audrey McKinney and Tori Kolbas, it looks like a pretty tasty treat.

The three young artists won the coloring contest hosted by Sluys Bakery to commemorate the store’s anniversary. As winners, they receive a free cookie or doughnut a month for a year.

Asked their favorite goodies at the award presentation June 15 at the bakery, they indicated what their monthly choices might be. Anna, 10, an incoming fifth-grader at Gordon Elementary School, likes maple bars. Audrey, 3, likes chocolate doughnuts (her picture of a multi-colored Dala horse featured a giant doughnut and a basket of doughnuts). Tori, 9, an incoming fifth-grader at Cougar Valley Elementary School in Silverdale, likes maple bars.

“It was difficult picking the winners,” bakery owner Marion Sluys said of the contest entries.

After Sluys’ wife, Loretta, congratulated the winners, the couple presented Fishline Executive Director Mary Nader with a check for $1,293.49, representing 10 percent of revenue taken in over the preceding Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Asked how the money would be used, Nader said, “We’re going to spread it out as much as we can.” Sluys also donates unsold baked goods to Fishline.

The anniversary was the bakery’s 46th. What made this one special? Sluys said he believes the bakery is Poulsbo’s oldest business under same ownership.

Marion and Loretta Sluys bought Bauer’s Bakery in 1966 from Babe Bauer. They kept the name of the business, but later changed it to match the name of a shoe store and gift store they owned.


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