As a young girl, Emily Butts would watch the Food Network during the summer, then hop on her bike and ride to Kroger to buy ingredients for one of the dishes she saw.
Back then, all the dishes were desserts, but as Butts grew older, she found her passion in baking breads and pastries. She attended The Culinary Institute of America and worked for three years in New York bakeries, including Bread Alone in Kingston, N.Y., where she’d mix 10,000 to 20,000 pounds of bread dough daily.
“It became so automated,” she told Insider Louisville, “and I like to be able to do stuff by hand. It’s nice to be able to hand shape.”
A native of Southern Indiana, Butts returned home and started working out of the coffee shop Coffee Crossing, which her father, Alan Butts, owns. She makes all the pastries, muffins and treats in display cases at all of Coffee Crossing’s locations, including its newest store at 805 Talaina Place, off Grant Line Road, which just opened Friday.
However, she has outgrown the space she has at Coffee Crossing’s Jeffersonville store, 410 Patrol Road, and is moving into a 4,000-square-foot building at 140 E. Main St. in New Albany. She will still supply goodies for Coffee Crossing, but she’ll operate as a mostly separate business named 410 Bakery.
Those who know New Albany will recognize it as the long-empty brick and glass building, with a clock in the facade, next to The Underground Station and the empty Reisz Furniture Warehouse building. The building is a misfit amid its neighboring buildings, but Butts said it will allow her to have a counter to display pastries, a coffee station, 30 to 40 indoor seats, basement storage and preparation area, additional seating on a back patio and a small gathering space on the second floor.
The building features a large glass bay window in the front that Butts said will serve as the main baking area, where passersby can peek in to see dough being rolled out and placed in the oven as well as racks of cooling breads and pastries.
Butts has enlisted a friend who worked with her at Bread Alone to help open the shop and is hoping to add at least one part-time employee. The coffee station will feature Coffee Crossing coffee and will be staffed by at least one of its employees, she said.
While 410 Bakery may seem odd for a business with the address number 140, Butts said she came up with it because it is the address of her current Patrol Road space and also corresponds to one of her favorite Bible verses, 1 Peter 4:10: “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”
Downtown New Albany was a top pick for Butts, because she said people are more open to trying different foods.
“You can play around with different flavors in the downtown area because there’s more foodies down here,” Butts said. “I love how everything has blown up down here. Brooklyn and the Butcher and the Exchange (Pub + Kitchen), we’ve got some nicer restaurants down here. …I get to try some new things.”
The bakery will offer common breads, such as sourdough, rolls and sandwich breads, as well as traditional French and modern pastries, and muffins. Butts also plans to offer seasonal items, including babka, which is a sweet, leavened bread from Poland. She also plans to offer a small lunch menu, possibly with sandwiches and flatbread pizzas.
“Everything will be really well done, top-notch ingredients,” she said. “Everything is going to be fresh everyday here. We are going to have the French macaron cookies and éclairs.”
Look for 410 Bakery to open sometime in November. Butts said she is aiming to cut the ribbon on her business before Thanksgiving.