2013 People's Choice Winner
Tall Grass Prairie Bread Co.
859 Westminster Avenue
Owners: Lyle & Kathy Barkman, Tabitha & Paul Langel
Architect: Syverson Monteyne Architecture Inc.
Famed both for its use of local organic grains and their healthy cinnamon buns, this bakery started in a house kitchen in the venerable Wolseley neighbourhood. The demand for good bread quickly prompted the move to a small commercial building on Westminster Avenue where the bakery remains to this day. Long lineups out the door on a Saturday morning were testimony both to the popularity of the product and to the extreme cosiness of the working space.
Like its artisan breads, the craft of this business shows in its small but well-conceived space. An open wall of windows, outdoor seating and use of sustainable local materials all connect it in function and spirit with its Wolseley neighbourhood.
*Photography by Bryan Scott Photography and Syverson Monteyne Architecture