Bill Brockley Jr. poses at the new True Bakery location inside the Wolcott Galleria in downtown Casper recently. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City News)

CASPER, Wyo. — True Bakery is baking up one of Casper’s newest eateries in what was for years a home kitchen supply store.

Nestled in the back of the historic Wolcott Galleria, True Bakery owners Bill Brockley Jr. and girlfriend Emily Harris are planning a grand opening for the new space for Saturday, Sept. 9 at 10 a.m., complete with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Casper Area Chamber of Commerce.

The new space is the latest evolution of Bill’s baking journey, something he first conceptualized as a restaurant worker in the Seattle area. His early plans changed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which encouraged him to leave the city and head further east. After a stop in Colorado Springs to see his sister, he started exploring possibilities in Wyoming and soon settled on Casper. Along the way, Bill brought his sourdough starter with him from Seattle, which he proudly uses as the base for most of his baking.

Bill Brockley Jr. prepares a cubano sandwich in the new True Bakery location inside the Wolcott Galleria. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City News)

Bill and Emily kicked off their small business from their home kitchen, earning a loyal following on social media. Last summer he set up shop in Food for Thought’s Good Food Hub. However, sharing their commercial kitchen with various food truck vendors proved problematic over time.

“We were limited with what we could produce,” he said. “We could only schedule three hours in the morning … then the food trucks came in to prepare for their [day], so the shared kitchen aspect just kind of held us back from being able to do as much as we would like. Most days we were wiped out by 8 a.m.”

“We wanted to find someplace where we could expand; we’re growing pretty quickly,” he said.

Inside the former retail space, Bill designed an open kitchen to prepare baked goods, pastries, donuts and lunch sandwiches in view of customers. Several tables allow customers to sit and enjoy on the spot if they don’t want takeout. They will continue to do catering services and events, he said.

(Dan Cepeda, Oil City News)

The sandwich menu has been expanded and updated, a modification inspired after a visit to a unique sandwich shop during a family trip to Chicago. The vast majority of the sandwich ingredients will be house-made or prepared, including the breads, savory meats and condiments.

Locally roasted coffee from Copper Cup will also be available.

“This is really a dream kitchen,” he said. “This is what I’ve been wanting to do for the last 10 years, since I started in this industry.”

True Bakery is located inside the Wolcott Galleria at 136 S. Wolcott. Their grand opening is at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9. More information about the event can be found here.