Family owned and operated

Located next to the Holiday Market at Lake of the Pines

10934 Combie Road, Auburn, California 95602

ph: 530-268-0576 | fx: 530-268-1786

email: info AT gristmill DOT biz

Meet the Family

Mikki, the baker

Mikki freezing on Signal Hill, Newfoundland

Mikki is the master mind and master baker behind this operation, not to mention our amazing mom. She does all the yummy baking from breakfast scones to sandwich rolls. She is somewhat of an efficiency expert and some how makes time to decorate with great skill all the Gristmill's cakes and wedding cakes. She takes great pride in her work, but humbly refers to herself as "just the baker". Hah! We know otherwise.

Ceylon, the organizer

Ceylon and Hunter

Ceylon (the little sister) knows how to multi-task and boy do we need a good multi-tasker at our busy establishment. She can take your order, make coffee, fill the drink case and answer the phone and it seems like she does it all at the same time. Thank goodness for cordless phones! She really is a wonder woman, but make sure you are ready to order when you get to the front of the line or she might multi-task you right to the back again.

Kayla, the grown-up


Kayla has grown up at our bakery. She was just a baby when Kim (her mom), Aunty Ceylon and Grandma Mikki took the leap and bought their own business. Little Kayla was packed around in a backpack in the early days, and then liked to help out as a kid. Luckily for her there were child labour laws that kept us from making her work all the time. She got to go to school and play soccer. Now she is graduated from high school and well, all grown up. None of us can believe it, but we sure are glad she wants to work in the family business!

Hunter, the entertainment

Hunter in goggles

Like his cousin, Kayla, Hunter has grown-up at the bakery. He was sporting an apron and writing up orders before he actually knew how to write. Now-a-days we let Hunter go to school. Sometimes he can be heard playing his harmonica, but often he is doing his homework and when that is all done he enjoys playing video games and watching movies.

Taliesin (Tali), the webmaster

Tali (Summer 2005) near Cuckolds Cove, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada

Taliesin (the middle sister) used to decorate the cakes, and now she decorates the web page. The virtual commute from faraway St. John's, Newfoundland is much more practical. Taliesin enjoys hiking, nature photography and web development. When she moved out to St. John's in 2005 she went back to school and completed a post-bac diploma in Information and Communications Technology at Memorial University in 2006. She has redesigned and rebuilt this site to modern web standards using CSS and tableless design principles inspired from the CSS Zen Garden. Eric Meyer's book, Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide has also proved to be an indispensable guide on Taliesin's CSS journey. You can find her latest work on her website. Please send her your comments.

Dusty, the artist

Dusty working on the Gristmill mural

When we decided to remodel we called our dad, Dustin Gaer-Smith, for ideas. He's the official artsy one in the family. He carved and painted the beautiful new mural based on the famous Glade Creek Gristmill, in West Virginia. With a unique bas-relief technique, warm fall colors and a rushing creek that trickles out of the painting and across the floor, our Gristmill mural is a stunning and original rendition of the classic Glade Creek Mill. It brings a fresh ambiance to your eating pleasures. If you haven't done so already, it's time to make your way across the little foot bridge painted on the floor at the door and treat yourself to a tasty pastry or a great lunch. Dustin refurbished the "Bakery and Deli" sign outside and also built and painted the smaller Gristmill signs to lead you right to the front door.