Hot and fresh on the go: Smales mobile pretzel bakery hits the road

Smales Pretzel Bakery is going mobile.

The longtime Dayton bakery — known for hand twisted pretzels — recently purchased a food trailer and converted it into a mobile pretzel bakery.

Smales often receives requests for its pretzels at weddings and private events, said Emma Smales, the fifth generation to run the family business, but the bakery had to figure out how to keep its soft pretzels at their peak.

The new trailer is outfitted with a boiler and an oven to bake pretzels — previously rolled at the bakery — on site.

“Smales is nostalgic and we have a special place in people’s lives,” she said in June when the mobile bakery was announced. “We’ll be able to do fresh, hot pretzels in six or seven minutes.”

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A recent Facebook post said the company is taking bookings for events and can be contacted by emailing or visiting its website.

Smales is hiring and and resumes can also be emailed.

Smales, located at 210 Xenia Ave. in Dayton, has a long history in the Gem City.

The bakery began with German-born Rudie Schaaf opening Gem City Pretzel on Warren Street in 1906, not long after he arrived in Dayton as a boy in 1895, according to the business.

The shop’s current location dates back to 1926, when his daughter, Emma, moved it there and renamed it.

Today, Emma Smales is the fifth generation in her family to own the bakery famous for its hand-twisted soft pretzels and hard pretzels.

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