Tuesday, August 27, 2013

First Look: Amy's Corner Bakeshop in the Grove

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       Cinnamon rolls! | Mabel Suen
  •        Cinnamon rolls! | Mabel Suen

A decade or so later, Verkamp-McArthy's bakeshop displays a sign that reads, "Pilates?? Oh hell, I thought you said 'pie and lattes,'" and she's still creating buttercream and fondant-covered masterpieces in various shapes and designs on the side. She says the main focus for the shop lies in the taste and comfort of the baked goods.

"My husband's been calling it good stuff in the Grove, We like to keep it simple, fresh and delicious," she says.

See also: First Look: Annie Moon's Bakery and Cafe

The corner space features bright, aqua-colored walls with an open kitchen and small dining room divided by a just-baked case of pastries. The catalog at Amy's includes everything from lemon bars and pretzel white chocolate chip cookies to scones and cupcakes prepared in traditional, fuss-free styles.

       Amy's Corner Bakeshop. | Mabel Suen
  •        Amy's Corner Bakeshop. | Mabel Suen

"We started with what we know -- the go-to recipes from my mom and grandma are the basis, kind of the core traditional standards, and we just have some fun playing with those," she says. "The majority of our goods are from family recipes that have have been tweaked over the years. My mom was known for trying out new recipes and inviting twenty people over to try them and read cookbooks the way that people read novels. This is my way to honor that spirit about her."

Amy's Corner Bakeshop is currently open on Monday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Brunch items are currently offered during the weekends, and Verkamp-McArthy says she'll be offering her baked goods at festivals and the like in the near future. For more information, visit Amy's Corner Bakeshop's website or follow updates via its Facebook page.

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