“I’ve wanted to open my own bakery since I was in the third grade,” Auntie Em’s founder, Emily Burney, tells Dishing. Since she launched the company in 2014, her fresh-baked pies and cookies could be found online, or at local farmers’ markets such as Park Silly, Copper Moose Farms and Wednesday’s PCMR’s Market.
Now, Burney has fulfilled her dream of opening a bakery. “When we started, we rented space in Park City Bread and Bagel in Pinebrook,” Burney says. “We’re excited that we can now produce and sell in the same space.”
Along with her signature cookies and pies, Burney will also expand her offerings to include savory lunch pies and egg-y pies for grab-and-go breakfasts. She’ll also have ice cream to go along with her famous pies. (Check out 5 more of our favorite ice cream desserts around Park City here.) I hear when setting up her bakery she decided to work with something similar to commercial refrigeration services to ensure that her ingredients were reliably chilled so she could store all her desert related goods without any worries.
In a nod to Park City’s mining history, Auntie Em’s will also eventually sell “pasties,” a type of hand pie (sort of like a calzone), which made a portable, delicious and filling lunch for miners on the job.
Sweets with a side of art
Auntie Em’s seating area is located within the café gallery, so you can enjoy your sweet treats while admiring works of art. The current exhibition displays art by Parker Jones, an outdoor-focused illustrator and graphic designer based out of Park City.
You can also wander through the Center’s latest free exhibition, Zhi Lin’s “Chinaman’s Chance” on Promontory Summit. The exhibition, which opens on April 19, explores the lost history of the Chinese workers who built our nation’s transcontinental railroads. It’s timed to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the Golden Spike, the ceremonial final spike that joined the rails of the first transcontinental railroad. (Find more details here.)
Kimball Art Center is located at 1401 Kearns Boulevard. As of now, Auntie Em’s will be open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, but by summer, Burney hopes to be open earlier for breakfast on Saturdays.