Oct 24, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff WriterA team of family members spanning four generations helps operate the business on Goes in Lodge Road.
A new bakery south of Riverton has been serving up homemade sweets since May, attracting customers from throughout Fremont County --and beyond.
"We get a lot of travelers," said Audra Nisely, co-owner of the Hole in the Wall Bakery. "We have a lot of out-of-staters, (and) some from out of the country too."
She also sees people from Lander, Riverton and the Wind River Indian Reservation at the business on Goes In Lodge Road.
"We get to meet all kinds of new people, which I love," Nisely said.
She especially likes hearing her local customers' recipe ideas, which she often incorporates into the menu at Hole in the Wall.
"There's a lot of ... different cultures here," Nisely said. "They'll see if we can make something they had when they were younger, or that they remember having. We'll see if we can (recreate it)."
As the holidays near, for example, Nisely plans to try her hand at Buche de Noel, a classic German Yule log recipe. She'll make sure her customers who have strong ties to their German heritage get to try the treat.
"We're all about sampling," Nisely said.
And there is plenty of food to try: Hole in the Wall features cakes, cheesecakes, breads, cookies, brownies, muffins, cinnamon rolls "almost the size of your head," sticky buns, shortbreads and more --all made from scratch.
"It takes a little longer, but the flavors are fantastic," Nisely said of her homemade goodies.
Her Bailey's Irish Cream cheesecake has been especially popular, she said, and now that fall has arrived she has started making a pumpkin-shaped Bundt cake that can double as a centerpiece before it's eaten.
The bakery also offers lunch-time meals including soup, a big roll and a cookie, and sandwiches are available through Hole in the Wall's private catering service.
A team of family members spanning four generations helps operate the business. Nisely opened Hole in the Wall with her grandmother Jean Hahn and mother Kim Yennie, and Nisely's three children pitch in at the store when they finish their schoolwork.
"We work well together, which is good," Nisely said.
She has wanted to open her own bakery for about 30 years, and she finally made "the leap" this spring after moving back to Fremont County in 2012.
Nisely was born in Lander and raised in Riverton, but she gained her knowledge of the food industry elsewhere. She and her mom worked at a bakery in Denver for a time, and they also helped run the Split Rock Bar and Cafe in Jeffrey City.
"So we have a bit of experience professionally and at home," Nisely said.
She invited residents to come visit the bakery, at 170 Goes In Lodge Road. The storefront is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, but Nisely will take orders any time at 840-3289.
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