First Look: Amy's Corner Bakeshop in the Grove
Clockwise from bottom left: cinnamon roll, brownie, banana muffin, lemon bar, chocolate chip cookie and pretzel white chocolate chip cookie. | Mabel Suen
In July, Gut Check reported on the opening of a new bakeshop for the Grove: Amy's Corner Bakeshop (4476 Chouteau Avenue; 314-371-2253), located in a building previously occupied by a Joe Bacardi's space used primarily for catering. A month later, Amy Verkamp-McArthy has lots of exciting news to share, including a new weekend brunch menu and, most important, the birth of her new baby girl.
"She's almost three weeks early, so it kind of made us have to adjust our timeline," she says with a laugh. "Our friends and relatives have just jumped in like no other to help with washing dishes and whatever else, so it's as seamless as you can imagine it...The response has been overwhelming so far. We just have to be careful -- we don't want to expand too fast!"
Amy Verkamp-McArthy, Matt McArthy, Cullie Freese and Sandra Barnes. | Mabel Suen
On a Sunday morning, Amy stands in the open kitchen whisking batter of some sort in a metal bowl, apron covered in a light dusting of flour, while her husband Matt McArthy plates up her family-recipe baked goods for a a busy brunch crowd at the counter. Meanwhile, staff wipe down tables and rush out hot plates of classic breakfast items like biscuits and gravy ($3.50 for a half order; $6 for a full order), made-to-order omelets ($4.50) and more alongside coffee and homemade cinnamon rolls ($1.25).
Verkamp-McArthy says she's been baking since she's been able to stand in a kitchen but got into highly decorative cake baking after reluctantly taking a class with a friend about ten years ago.
"I had a friend who wanted to take a cake-decorating class, and that did not appeal to me in the least. I wanted to take pilates!" she says. "It was one of those 'I'll take your class with you and you take your class with me' situations."