Wow! What a neat history this bakery has. I love the Behind the Scenes interviews with places full of history and neat stories. These are so much fun!
The first thing you notice upon entering Schneider’s Bakery is the amazing smell! Did I mention it was amazing? It has that old-fashioned donut shop smell. The second thing you notice upon entering is the atmosphere. You can tell it has been the same since, I don’t know, forever probably. It just has that old-fashioned look to go along with the old-fashioned smell. From watching the customers waiting their turn to order their baked goods, we could tell that this is exactly how they like it! Same as it has always been and please don’t change a thing! They are patient, smiling and talking with each other as they wait their turn to order. It was fun to observe them while they waited. Their unhurried waiting and smiles spoke volumes!
*Their Friday hours change by the season, so check out their website to see what the current Friday hours are.*
Elaine, the Day Manager of the bakery, shared with us that Schneider’s Bakery was established in 1954 when Mr. Schneider and his brother purchased it. Shortly into the business, the brother discovered he had an allergy to flour and left the business. After 30 years, Mr. Schneider sold the business to the next owner Jeff Hamler. Jeff had worked for Mr. Schneider since he was 15 years old and loved everything about the bakery. He started out cleaning the store and just kept moving his way up until one day he found himself the owner. After another 30 years, Jeff sold the bakery to Shaun Stonerook. Shaun was a loyal customer growing up on Schneider’s goodies and 1 year ago he took over the reigns as owner of Schneider’s Bakery. What a neat history about this local bakery!
Production is done during the night and sales are done during the day. Every single donut is cut by hand. No automation here! Donuts are not the only thing Schneider’s Bakery makes. They bake breads, buns, cakes, pastries and pies.
As far as donuts go, Elaine said the #1 customer favorite is the vanilla cream filled with chocolate frosting. The #2 customer favorite is the Davey Crockett. The Davey Crockett is a cinnamon roll with maple icing. The #3 customer favorite is the Glazed Nut Topper. This is a cinnamon roll with white icing and nuts. I asked Elaine what her personal favorite is and she said the Apple Fritter.
At any given time Schneider’s Bakery has between 15-20 employees. It sounds like they need each and every one of them also. When we were there it was during their busiest cake season. Between Mother’s Day, college graduations, communions and confirmations they had made and decorated somewhere from 80 to 100 cakes in the past 2 days! Unreal! Their busiest cake season runs from April to the end of June.
Elaine shared a neat story with us. Last year they made a graduation cake for a Columbus graduate. Family came to the grad party and marveled over the cake. This year when a Kentucky student graduated, who had been to the previous grad party in Columbus, he wanted a Schneider’s Bakery cake for his own grad party. The cake was ordered and an aunt who lives in the Columbus area picked the cake up and took it down to Kentucky for the grad party. This tells you how delicious their cakes are! We will definitely have to try one next time we need a cake.
Mr. Schneider started a tradition of a daily special. To this day, Schneider’s Bakery still carries on this tradition of the daily special. You can get a donut and a drink (coffee or milk) for $1.50 or a pastry and a drink (coffee or milk) for $2.25. Elaine said they have customers who come in every day for the daily special. How neat is this? 🙂
Sydney and I had some of their baked goodness! Oh my, so delicious! No wonder they are still in business after all of these years.
They are located at 6 South State St, Westerville, OH. Whether you need a donut fix, want to order a cake or need some other custom order filled…Schneider’s Bakery will take excellent care of you!
Have a super day!