BUCKHANNON, W.Va. (WDTV) - When asked to describe Dough Re Mi, customers like David Whitmoyer said:
Heather's hand-braided challah bread is made with locally sourced eggs and honey.
"It's a really down-to-earth, homey atmosphere."
Although the cafe only opened a couple years ago, owner Heather Schneider has been dreaming up this business for a long time.
"In high school, my freshman year, my friend Rosa and I joked about opening a coffee shop bakery," said Schneider.
Schneider credits her mom's lessons in the kitchen and a lifetime in the food service industry for her baking skills.
"I did not go to a culinary program, but I have learned a lot from other people, family members especially," she said.
She also praises libraries; Schneider explained that she spent a lot of time checking out cook-books from her local library, which helped her become a skilled baker.
The shop serves organic teas and locally roasted coffee. Breads and pastries are baked fresh daily, and made with local, organic ingredients.
"She has the best coffee in the world," Whitmoyer said.
Sarah Fizer, a loyal customer and student at neighboring West Virginia Wesleyan College said,"The coffee and baked goods are really good, so it's great to just come here and sit down for that."
Her challah bread is made with local eggs and honey. For her coffee, Schneider prefers a pour-over drip method. She starts with freshly ground coffee that is sourced from a local roaster. Then, hot water is filtered over the grounds and once the cup is full, it's ready to be served.
Schneider is conscious about being environmentally friendly, and takes pride in her recycling, composting, and no-waste initiatives. She even offers a discount for people who bring in their own mugs.
One things that sets the cafe apart is that it's also a place for local vendors and artisans to sell their wares. For certain items, Schneider has a "give/take" policy, where customers can share books, tools, and musical items for free. There's also a spot out front where people in need can grab a free winter coat.
"You'll see that there's a lot of the community present here. I have artisans and a music supply section, where there's strings, drumsticks, and guitar picks."
The biggest thing that draws people to the bakery isn't just the food, but the welcoming atmosphere Schneider has created for her customers.
"Ultimately, it's just a really nice community. Heather's always open and welcoming," said Fizer.
"I want any type of person who walks through the door to feel like they're welcome here and that they have a free space here," Schneider said.
With Hanukah starting and Christmas quickly approaching, Schneider asks to please place orders for holiday treats as soon as possible. You can check out her Facebook page under the related link tab to the right of your screen.