Auntie Barb, cook and baker

Barb Smythe is the owner-operator of Auntie Barb's Bakery, Bistro & Banquets in Cranbrook, B.C.

Barb Smythe is the owner-operator of Auntie Barb's Bakery, Bistro & Banquets in Cranbrook, B.C. — Marie Milner photo

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.

Marie Milner

Marie Milner is a writer and photographer for Kootenay Business magazine and several other publications. She appreciates the inspiration that she gets during her interviews and hopes to share that inspiration with you. View all of Marie Milner’s articles

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