SHERIDAN — Ranchester is a quaint little town that never seems to be caught up in the hustle and bustle with rest of the world. This is where Mike and Melissa Butcher have made a home and have become owners of their second business.
The Butchers have owned Lazy R Campground since 2003 and the building that sits on the corner. That corner building is where the newest bakery in Ranchester, Innominate Coffeehouse & Bakery, is located. The Butchers teamed up with Thane and Janie Magelky when the four of them began brainstorming what the town lacked, Janie Magelky said.
“What we really wanted to do is create a gathering place, kind of that core place for the community to meet up in Ranchester, because we really don’t have that,” said Melissa Butcher, co-owner of Innominate. “We have a couple of cafes in Ranchester and Dayton, but not someplace where people can really come in and gather in large groups and talk easily and for extended time use their computer to do some work.”
The most unique thing about the bakery is the layout of the cafe. The building seats around 50 and the kitchen is not around back. In the modern industrial farmhouse kitchen, it’s open for customers to watch, visit and order food as two bakers are on the floor at all times.
“The entire design we put into the place is very intentional and purposeful because we wanted a place, at least for me, that’s not work, that’s not home, but a place to congregate, have good food and great conversations,” Magelky said. “It’s fun because you can interact and it creates such a community versus being stuck in a back room in a kitchen where you can’t see daylight — that would be awful.”
When designing the bakery, the four wanted to instill a sense of community and create a fun place to come in, whether for customers or employers, Magelky said.
Butcher says the coffeehouse has seen tremendous support from the Ranchester and Dayton communities.
“We’ve gotten a lot of traffic from the folks that stay in the campground, we get travelers passing through, but we’ve had tremendous support from Dayton and Ranchester communities,” Butcher said. “We have a lot of folks that are in the area that are budding entrepreneurs who come in and work and use the wifi for several hours at a time or families that come in on the weekends for family breakfast or people that come in after church on Sunday.”
The Butchers originally put an athletic store in the building, but when the recession hit, they closed shop, Butcher said. They tried to lease the building, but without any luck they decided to remodel starting a year ago.
Butcher said customers can expect paninis with homemade ciabatta bread for lunch and pies that can be preordered and hopefully fresh breads somewhere down the road.
The bakery opened July 17 and is open Wednesday through Sunday.