It’ll be called August First, but Burlington’s newest bakery is slated to open sometime in June. So, what’s with the name? According to owners Jodi Whalen, 41, and Phil Merrick, 52, the name has multiple meanings: It’s a “lovely” poem by erstwhile Vermonter Hayden Carruth; a holiday (Lammas Day) celebrating the wheat harvest; and the peak of Vermont summer. “It was fun discovering the name,” says Whalen. “We’ll have a big party every year on August 1.”
The eatery will be located at 67 Main Street in the spot that previously housed 802 Action Sports. Although the space needs lots of work, the couple is pleased with the “maple floors, tin ceilings and big windows.”
Merrick isn’t new to the bread biz. He used to own a wood-fired bakery in upstate New York, but gave it up to head to Vermont. “He moved here a year ago, and we took a year off to figure out what we wanted to do together,” says Whalen. So far, things are going swimmingly: “We got married and are starting a bakery,” she reports.
The plan is to sell artisan breads made with organic flour and a.m. pastries such as cinnamon buns and coffee cake. At lunch, there will be soups, flatbreads and salads.
Good eats call for good drinks, and the pair will augment the fare with coffee roasted right in their European-made, gas-powered bread oven. Their “green” beans will come from Royal Coffee, which “has a full line of Fair Trade and organic” offerings.