Shirley's building bigger, better bakery

2013-02-22T00:25:00Z 2013-02-22T06:23:36Z Shirley's building bigger, better bakeryGenelle Pugmire - Daily Herald Daily Herald
February 22, 2013 12:25 am  • 

PROVO -- Since 1996 the smell of freshly baked dinner rolls, sweet rolls and breads have wafted out the doors of Shirley's Bakery at 684 N. Freedom Blvd. But by the end of June owner Shirley Edwards and her crew hope to be baking in a new, larger and more enticing bakery just down the road at about 1670 N. Freedom Blvd.

"I'm very excited about our move, and we're going to have a drive-thru," Edwards said. "We decided years ago to move, but Realtors couldn't find what we wanted."

According to Edwards the spot where Broiler Express is located next to Denny's near the University Parkway and Freedom Boulevard intersection is the right location. Footings have been poured in front of the existing building for a build out that will include a dining area, bakery and the drive-thru window. Edwards said this will be a bakery with a deli and not the other way around.

Michelle Steemblik, Edwards' daughter and employee, said, "Tell our customers it's going to be absolutely beautiful. It's going to be the most beautiful building on Freedom Boulevard with country stone and brick."

The cottage look is something Edwards has wanted for a long time. The windows will be old-fashioned styled and there will be a pitched roof.

"It will be a total country cottage look, not a commercial look," Edwards said.

But it's what's inside that has Edwards grinning from ear to ear. She will finally have her large industrial bakery where she and a bigger crew of up to 30 or more employees will prepare her famous, made-from-scratch baked goods, soups and sandwiches. Edwards said she is excited at how convenient and nice it will be not just for the customers but for the employees as well.

"It's going to be a big responsibility to be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.," Edwards said. "To mass produce homemade-tasting food is a lot of work."

Edwards added, "My mother always said 'ya gotta eat, so eat good food.' "

That's what she intends to do. Items will include a variety of soups like chicken noodle, low-calorie vegetable and beef and barley. She will offer creamy chowder soups as well. She also wants to make customers come back for more with her new pot roast sandwiches. Baked goods will expand with a variety of new pastries and breads.

Perhaps the most unhealthy but one of the best tasting, according to Edwards, is the deep fried scones with honey that will be added to the menu.

"I just love the old-fashioned recipes. They have so much flavor in them and they just taste good," Edwards said. "We do everything from old-fashioned scratch recipes and we try to keep our prices reasonable."

Edwards said she is happy to try new recipes and if customers have something for her to try they should bring it in.

For more information about Shirley's Bakery call (801) 375-8020.

-- Genelle Pugmire covers Provo City, Provo School District, Orem City, UDOT’s I-15 CORE Project. She also tackles variety of other topics including business features.
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