Ganache owner in hospital after brain hemorrhage

Opened Edmonds pastry shop in July
By Brian Soergel | Oct 08, 2017
Courtesy of: James Spangler Nikolai Kulakevich, in a photo taken in September at Ganache.

Nikolai Kulakevich, who realized a dream when he opened Ganache Patisserie and Café on Main Street in Edmonds in July, remains hospitalized in Florida after suffering a brain hemorrhage while on a cruise.

“He is still sedated, and will be decreased off sedation slowly,” his niece Vicky Shestopalov told the Beacon on Sunday. “He has pneumonia and blood clots in his legs. But we are praying he will fight.”

Family members established a GoFundMe page to help with medical expenses. Kulakevich does not have medical insurance.

Shestopalov said that Kulakevich was on a tropical vacation cruise last week with two of his brothers, his sister and their families when he suffered a seizure and lost consciousness.

He was taken to the cruise ship’s hospital, where he remained until the ship docked in Jamaica early Wednesday morning, Oct. 4.

“He had suffered a couple more seizures and was resuscitated as well,” Shestopalov wrote on the GoFund Me page, which has a goal of $100,000. After a CT scan, a doctor in Jamaica determined that Kulakevich suffered bleeding in the brain.

Kulakevich is now at Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville. Shestopalov said a neurosurgeon there said Kulakevich suffered an aneurysm in the vertebral artery, which was treated without complication.

It was on July 17 that Kulakevich and his wife, Renata, opened a tiny commercial bakery in Everett that catered to European delis and grocery stores.

In 2009, they moved their operation to Mountlake Terrace and eventually opened Crema De La Crema – their first pastry shop, which is now closed.

Early this spring, another opportunity presented itself when an ideal location in downtown Edmonds became available. Kulakevich would begin his workday at 5 a.m. in Mountlake Terrace at his commercial kitchen. He then transferred the pastries and cakes to the Edmonds store at 407 Main St.

Shestopalov said that Ganache remains open and will be run by family members.


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