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Pastime to profession: Former copy editor is cooking up a new career

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Image by Molly Rippinger

Image by Molly Rippinger

Amy Verkamp-McArthy made something sweet of a sour situation when she opened a bakery this summer in The Grove. Having just experienced an unexpected lay off as a copy editor, Verkamp-McArthy turned to what was once just a hobby for friends and family and made it into her new career.

Armed with a stack of tried-and-true family recipes along with great support from her family, Verkamp-McArthy opened the doors to Amy’s Corner Bakeshop in late July of last year. Friends, neighbors and relatives lined up to taste the treats filling the cases and to enjoy the sunny atmosphere inside Amy’s.

“The support of the neighborhood has been amazing,” said Verkamp-McArthy.

On any given day there will be a different selection of cookies, cupcakes and pastries to enjoy with a cup of coffee at Amy’s. Sometimes it’s peanut butter chocolate chip cookies sandwiched together with a thick layer of buttercream or other days it’s s’mores cupcakes topped with campfire-kissed mini marshmallows. The brownies found at Amy’s are some of the best in St. Louis and feature the perfect combination of gooeyness and decadent chocolate.

Regardless of the variety, the baked goods that come out of the oven at Amy’s have the quality and taste of something that was made with great care.

Image by Molly Rippinger

Image by Molly Rippinger

Savory options are not to be forgotten with both breakfast and lunch offered at Amy’s. Dig into an omelet filled the veggies and meats of your choosing or take your breakfast to go as an egg sandwich made on white or wheat bread, ciabatta or a wrap. Panini-style sandwiches are a hearty option made with in-house roasted turkey or beef and are best served up with a side of their homemade pasta salad or soup.

There’s certainly nothing mundane about the turkey sandwich with cheddar, slices of red onion, Granny Smith apple and a smear of chipotle barbecue sauce on wheat bread. The gourmet-grilled cheese is also a winner with mozzarella, cheddar, provolone and Parmesan melted with spinach and sun-dried tomato pesto on white bread. On the weekends, indulge in their rich homemade biscuits smothered in gravy or specials like red beans and rice.

Only minutes away from SLU, Amy’s Corner Bakeshop offers a great environment for meeting up with friends or grabbing a quick bite to eat on the go. Even studying inside the cheery atmosphere along with a scone fresh out of the oven and a vanilla latte could make preparing for a big exam a not so bad experience.

Amy’s Corner Bakeshop is located at 4476 Chouteau Ave. and is open Wednesday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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