Pekara bakes probably the best baguettes and croissants in the otherwise culinary-poor Champaign-Urbana area, with Panera on Kirby being a close second. The owner is not from Paris but from Serbia, yet the baked goods are good. However on a recent Sunday morning visit I asked the sales person whether the croissants are from yesterday or today. She looked me straight in the eye and beamed that they were fresh from today! Swell, this is great! The disappointment was great when I served them at home: Dry and compact like a buffing sponge. The Pekara owners, management and staff, any business for that matter, should understand that customers are not stupid, you know. Disappointing.