Old Bakery and Emporium
Welcome to the Old Bakery and Emporium, a landmark Austin spot that holds a gift shop, visitor center, art gallery, and Lundberg Maerki Historic Collection within its storied walls.
This structure has been standing on Congress Avenue since 1876, first built by Swedish Immigrant Charles Lundberg. It was used as a bakery until 1936, serving the community bread and pastries for over 60 years. You can actually still see the giant oven and wooden bakers spade that was used in the bakery today! After the bakery closed in 1936 the building fell into disrepair but was saved in 1963. It has since seen over 50 years of volunteer service, local people working here to encourage the appreciation and perpetuation of heritage handicraft skills.
The Old Bakery and Emporium shows off history and culture exhibits within curated to educate and inspire guests, both the gallery and emporium full of unique and one of a kind items. There are typically 50 or so local artists featured within the walls, and you would be surprised at what you can find inside the emporium's shop, and at what price. Locally handcrafted jewelry is always a big hit, and you will find it at prices 2 or 3 times below nearby boutiques.