Auntie Barb, cook and baker
After cooking and baking professionally for about 30 years, Barb Smythe figured she should open her own restaurant. Auntie Barb’s Bakery, formerly located in the Byng Hotel, has morphed into Auntie Barb’s Bakery Bistro & Banquets, located on Cranbrook Street North, facing the Ktunaxa Nation building. Smythe specializes in bakery products—breads, pies, cookies, heavenly cinnamon rolls and more—and also offers event catering, a Monday-to-Thursday bistro-style lunch and a Friday lunch buffet. Auntie Barb’s has a musicians’ stage and a dance floor, too. Hours of operation are 9 to 5 Monday through Friday, and 10 to 5 on Saturdays.