Naborhood Bakery at Gardener Village

Posted - Nov. 23, 2001 at 8:41 a.m.



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This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.

You know, Gardner Village has been an interesting business success here in the Salt Lake Valley. It was once the home of Archibald Gardner, who built and operated one of the largest gristmills during the late 1800s.

These days, the site has been restored but not as the mill and home that it once was. It is now an ever-growing cluster of specialty shops that feature unique items. The building that housed the mill is now partly Archibald’s Restaurant and a store called Country Furniture & Gifts. Many of the village’s other buildings are also historic structures that have been brought in from locations around the state. In some way, every detail of the village lends itself to the charm of a bygone era of country living.

Though the Gardner family has long since gone, I recently learned that a Gardner relative will soon move his business to the village. His name is Duane Tuckett and he is the great grandson of Archibald Gardner. He and his wife Marjorie own the Naborhood Bakery, an establishment that has been part of the Sugarhouse scene since it was opened some 80 years ago.

The Naborhood Bakery has a history all its own. Newton Lacey started it around 1920, serving fresh items out of his home, located at 21st South and 6th East. Then Lacey sold it to Grant Stevens in 1943. Stevens constructed a building for the bakery on the same site by building around the home; then gutting the home from the inside out.

In 1973, Duane and Marjorie bought the bakery. Desiring to retain its integrity, they added pioneer recipes, many of which came from Duane’s mother, a granddaughter of Archibald Gardner. For nearly 30 years, the Tucketts have made the Naborhood Bakery a favorite for many people. It was also the first bakery to introduce the frozen roll concept where patrons could purchase frozen dough and bake it at home. Rolls are the bakery’s biggest selling product. It also specializes in fresh bread, pies, cakes, cookies, pastries, sandwiches and salads.

For Duane, moving the Naborhood Bakery to Gardner Village is a little like going home. He says it’s about preserving a great family legacy. And so it is--the legacy that began with Great-Grandfather Archibald will live on in his great-grandson’s bakery.

For Zions Bank, I’m Fred Ball. I’m speaking on business.

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