The delicious aroma of fresh baked bread from the bakery on 700 West has replaced the train smoke from the abandoned 900 South rail line. Taking up in shop in January 2011, in the space that was previously occupied by the Utah Food Bank, Stone Ground Bakery is a jewel in the neighborhood.
A family owned company that started in 1979, the folks at Stone Ground couldn't be happier about being in their newest location. Primarily doing wholesale business, Stone Ground is not only able to provide artisan breads to top-notch restaurants, schools, hospitals and sandwich shops in Utah, Idaho, Montana and Washington, but now they are able to offer some of their delicious items to local individuals in a new retail outlet shop run out of their lobby.
The outlet store is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Customers can purchase high quality, yet amazingly low-priced items, such as their popular baci dinner rolls, ciabatta, sliced wheat, white and marbled rye bread, and even the rustic, crusty sourdough loaves that Stone Ground distributes to Market Street restaurants.
In addition, they have also been able to expand the types of baked goods they provide, like pretzeled hamburger and hot dog buns, bagels, graham cracker breads and one of their customers' favorites - the three-pound "sprouted wheat berry," a delicious whole wheat bread, according to Tammy Hines, co-owner and president of Stone Ground.
What makes Stone Ground so special is the family behind it all. "My grandfather was a German baker," said Hines. She and her brother, Derrick Schmerse, took over the company when her parents retired in 1997. Schmerse has traveled across the country studying the art of making bread. Together they have grown the business 10 times the size it was when they took over. Hines said, "We are proud of what we've done. We've worked very hard to get where we are today."
And to whom do they credit much of their success? They say, "Our favorite customers are, and always will be, our individual customers. They make up the majority of our business. They are the ones that we work to please. If we can please them, we can please almost anyone."
Poplar Grove resident Deborah Rubalcava was driving by and saw their sign one day. "I was so excited to discover that we have a neighborhood bakery. I come once a week to buy a loaf of Italian sourdough for only $2," she said.
For Stone Ground, it's not only about making a profit. It's also about family tradition and giving back. They are big supporters of their community, supporting the charitable efforts of their customers. Last year, they donated forty thousand pounds of baked goods to the Utah Food Bank. They also donate to Camp Kostopulos every year.
Check out Sysco's 2010 Utah Vendor of the Year. You'll be happy you did and so will Tammy and her 107 employees. And if you discover that her bread is the best you have ever tasted, be sure to let Tammy know.
Visit Stone Ground Bakery at 1025 South 700 West, or pre-order a day ahead by calling 801-886-2336. Visit stonegroundbakery.com for more information.
There are many people in our community who are making a difference in the lives of youth. Meet just a few of the amazing folks who do what they do because they truly care about the next generation:
Lynn Green, Colors of Success Site Coordinator at Mountain View Elementary
Lynn Green gave up a higher paying plumbing job to work with at-risk students in the Colors of Success program. Now in his ninth year with Colors of Success, a gang prevention and intervention program created in 1989 by Duane Bordeaux, Green is the Site Coordinator at Mountain View Elementary School.
All of the students that he works with have academic and/or behavior issues and have been referred to the program by a teacher, parent or administrator. "There is this misconception that all of the kids in COS are 'bad' kids, but that's not true. There are just some tough situations beyond their control that cause them to struggle or act out in school," said Green.
Green has lived in the Poplar Grove neighborhood for 35 years and has always enjoyed working with youth. Although he does not have any children of his own, he has taken several younger relatives under his wing. His nieces and nephews would come from L.A. to spend summers at "Uncle Lynn's Boot Camp," where they would go camping, fishing, horseback riding, and even do yard work, he said.
Today, Green helps his students realize that studying hard and going to college will help them achieve the kind of lifestyle they want in the future. He helps them overcome personal challenges in a stern and matter-of-fact way. Students usually answer him with a respectful "No, Sir" or "Yes, Mr. Green."
According to Green, 85% of his students at Mountain View Elementary raised their grades last year. His students have also learned the importance of setting goals.
5th-grader Mohammed Allison, stated that his goals are to become the President of the United States, a professional basketball or football player, or a famous singer. "But I need to have a back-up plan," he said.
The other boys' goals were a little less lofty. Julian Montelago, 5th grade, wants to read out loud more. (He has a speech impediment.) 2nd-grader Josh Allison wants to listen to directions the first time they are given – and so does 4th-grader Romney Wolfgramm, adding that he also wants to control his temper.
Mr. Green knows he has an important job mentoring and guiding these young people as they work to achieve their goals.
Dane Hess, Glendale Colors of Success counselor
Raised on a dairy farm in a small northern Utah town, Dane Hess seems an unlikely mentor for the culturally and racially diverse students Glendale Middle School, yet students flock to his office during their lunch period, checking their grades and crowding around him for attention.
Hired this past year as a full-time counselor with Colors of Success, Hess has a background in Social Work. For him, it's all about "building community, building relationships." He takes a comprehensive approach, working with Glendale students, families, and teachers to help make the school a more pleasant place for all.
In response to parent requests, he is trying to get more culturally relevant materials in the school. Mural artwork and flags from different countries will soon be displayed in the Commons area. "This will give a message that we honor where everyone has come from and will help students feel a sense of pride and belonging," said Hess.
Hess also strives to create more opportunities for cross-cultural exchange between Glendale students, parents and teachers. He highly values the diverse cultures at Glendale and likes to share his cultural background – "a farm culture with strong values of hard work and being connected to the land," he explains.
Hess has lived for extended periods of time in a few different parts of the world, and this has also influenced who he is today.
While on a Mormon mission in Germany, Hess's eyes were opened to a lot of different ways of living and being in the world. "Germany is a big melting pot. I met wonderful people from all over the world," he said. Among the people who made a positive impression on him was a barber from Iraq. At the same time that the U.S. was invading Iraq, this man offered Hess delicious meals, free haircuts and his friendship.
As Hess's mission went on, he grew less and less interested in converting people and more interested in learning about them.
This past Halloween, Hess came to work dressed in traditional Muslim clothing from North Africa, which had been given to him as a present from a family in Morocco. Some of the students asked him if he was a terrorist or Osama Bin Laden. He felt bad, because the Muslim family that had given him the yellow satin clothing was one of the nicest, most generous families he had ever met.
This negative response prompted Hess to wear the Moroccan clothing every day throughout the month of November as a social experiment to address negative stereotypes about Islam. When students frequently asked him about his clothing, he used it as an opportunity to educate them about cultural and religious topics.
With openness and respect, Hess earns the trust of his students and helps create a more welcoming atmosphere at Glendale.
Kevin Winston, founder of Youth Bridge Initiative
With a big smile and affectionate personality, Kevin Winston lets people, young and old, know that he cares about them.
Whether he's working at the Salt Lake Center for Science Education (SLCSE) as an afterschool counselor or as a custodian at the Sorenson Multicultural Center, Winston connects naturally with the youth there.
Even though Winston has nine children (between the ages of 12 and 35) of his own, he still has the desire to help other youth in his community. Last year, he started a project called "Youth Bridge Initiative" through his involvement as a student of the Westside Leadership Institute, a 12-week leadership training course offered by NeighborWorks Salt Lake and University Neighborhood Partners.
"I hear kids say that their bored, yet there are so many opportunities out there for them. For some reason the kids are not getting engaged," he said. This prompted him to organize a Youth Bridge Initiative Festival last summer that brought youth organizations and teens together to help make teens aware of different programs and classes for them in the community. He plans to repeat the festival again this year at the Sorenson Multicultural/Unity Centers.
Winston is also helping to develop a Salt Lake County basketball Senior League program. He'd like to get more kids involved from East and West who are not on the high school teams. He's also encouraging SLCSE students to sign up. Because SLCSE is a charter school, they do not have sports teams like the other public schools, so this Senior League gives them an opportunity to play competitively.
Creating and connecting teens with positive opportunities is key for Winston. "Save a program, save a kid," is his mantra.
Brad lives in Rose Park with his wife and four children. He is the former chair of the Rose Park Community Council, helped organize the Rose Park Community Festival, serves on the Board of Directors for NeighborWorks Salt Lake and is a founding board member of the Utah Transit Riders Union. When Brad is not at one of his kids’ soccer games, basketball games or dance classes, he works for the State in Emergency Management.
Jason is a former journalist and freelance writer and editor. He began his writing career in Washington, D.C. covering politics on Capitol Hill, and later worked as a staff editor at Outside and Backpacker magazines. Prior to becoming a journalist, Jason worked in Boston as an economic development consultant focusing on inner-city communities through the U.S. and in Great Britain.
He and his wife Jackie moved to Salt Lake City in 2011. A year later Jason joined the Utah Health Policy Project (UHPP), a nonpartisan, nonprofit health reform advocacy organization, to manage the group’s public outreach, private insurance reform, social media, and communications strategies. Jason holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, and a postgraduate degree in history from Scotland’s University of Edinburgh. Jason and his wife Jackie, a family physician, live in Salt Lake City along with their two sons, Calvin and Mitchell, and an energetic Australian cattle dog.
Dorothy Pappas Owen
Dorothy recently retired after working for 40 years in both state and local government. At the state level she began her career evaluating federal criminal justice grants, then served in the Governor’s Budget Office as the criminal justice analyst, where she eventually served as the Planning and Budget Analyst over the Health Department and Medicaid budgets. At the local level she served as the Associate Director for Salt Lake County Aging Services and as the Social Services Grant Coordinator where she staffed a citizen board charged with making funding recommendations to the county mayor. She worked with non-profit agencies such as The Road Home and the Utah Food Bank on ways to improve their financial stability. She also served on the Utah Tax Review Commission and more recently has served as a VITA volunteer doing taxes for west side residents. She serves as chair of the Westpointe Community Council. She and her husband Wayne have lived on Salt Lake City’s west side for over 40 years, and enjoy spending time with their two grandchildren.
James (Jim) A. Fisher, Advisor
Jim is a resident of the Guadalupe neighborhood on the west side of Salt Lake City. He has been instrumental in the development of The West View as an advisor and mentor, and taught a community journalism workshop in conjunction with SLCC Community Writing Center. A contributor to The West View from early on, he has helped with everything from advising the founders about operating structure and design elements to contributing content.
Jim has started several magazines and newspapers over the years and served as the Executive Graphics Editor of the Salt Lake Tribune. Among his many roles in the publishing industry he has worked as an editor, publisher, photographer and designer. He worked as an Associate Professor, Lecturer in the Department of Communication at the University of Utah for many years, and currently teaches journalism at Utah Valley University.
Christian Cecena is a long-time Glendale resident and a member of the LGBTQ community. His professional background includes working with the US Department of Agriculture as a litigation specialist while gaining experience in the financial industry for many years. He became involved with nonprofits in 2011, working with vulnerable populations struggling with domestic violence, homelessness, addiction and mental illness in Salt Lake City and San Diego. Christian considers himself an advocate and activist in minority, economic and cultural issues. He is working towards his Bachelors in Social Work at the University of Utah and is currently employed as the Development Manager of Volunteers of America Utah.
Charlotte Fife-Jepperson, Executive Director
Charlotte Fife-Jepperson is a fourth-generation Poplar Grove resident – one of six communities on Salt Lake City’s west side. She is the founding director of West View Media, the nonprofit community news organization that publishes The West View quarterly newspaper and website, produced almost entirely by community members. She also serves as the Managing Editor of the paper. During college, Charlotte wrote for the Daily Utah Chronicle in 1998-1999, covering music and dance for the arts section. She was the past co-chair for University Neighborhood Partners, and currently serves on the boards for the Utah Headliners Chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists, and the Salt Lake Chapter of Federation of Music Clubs. She also works as a piano teacher/music educator and is the proud mother of three boys.
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