It was with great sadness that I recently saw the shuttered Aurora Bakery on Nolensville Road. Aurora was an enchanting spot, selling traditional Mexican cookies and pastries with oddball names such as “ribs,” “kisses,” and “tongues,” as well as the traditional pan de muerto—colorful loaves of bread served around the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos on Nov. 1.
Owner Patricia Paiva, a native of Sri Lanka, offers the following explanation of her decision to close her 9-year-old shop.
I closed it so I can be more directly involved in the international community. I have spent most of my life working with the integration of refugees and immigrants into the communities where I have lived, so I want to return to that. The cuisines of these newer ethnic communities are fascinating and mostly very healthy, and I know this first-hand, from coordinating international cooking classes over the years. I would like to do more than that, however, and hope to find a place helping enhance communication and understanding between these new communities and the mainstream one, whether it be in government, the school system or private enterprise.
Best of luck, Patricia, and keep us posted.