Ashcroft Bakery & Coffee Shop
Ashcroft Bakery and Coffee Shop is the community’s favourite place to meet with friends over coffee and indulge in something delicious and fresh from the oven. Ashcroft Bakery and Coffee Shop may be best known in the Thompson interior for its scrumptious and gooey cinnamon buns, but it’s also loved for its varieties of original-recipe breads, cakes, pastries and pies. Stop in for pie and ice cream with a latte or pick out a loaf of fresh bread to take home. It’s also a great place to grab a quick and tasty soup and sandwich (made with fresh bread, of course) or one of the shop’s daily lunch specials.
Meet Debbie Tuohey
Meet Debbie Tuohey
Debbie Tuohey had worked in a dental office for 20 years, but found her gaze being drawn over and over again to the empty building across the street. It had previously been a bakery for over 110 years, but had been closed for several months. "It looked so sad!" she said, and finally she knew that it was calling out to her. She told her husband, "I think I need to buy that building!" He wasn't entirely convinced at first, but today he's her biggest supporter and "personal handyman and all around helpful guy" at the Ashcroft Bakery and Coffee Shop.
After buying it, Debbie fixed up the interior, upgraded some of the equipment and developed some fabulous recipes. Today the shop not only supplies locals with baked goods like breads and cakes, but also provides a place for people to just come, hang out and chat with friends over coffee. Debbie has many regulars who come in to meet for coffee with the same folks week after week, as well as locals who come in for their favourite Daily Specials, like foot-long hot dogs on Wednesdays and pizza on Fridays.
Relationships, says Debbie, are key to running a successful business in a small BC town like Ashcroft. Debbie has lived in Ashcroft for years and has always been actively involved in the community and local organizations. When she decided to buy the bakery, her friends were extremely supportive, and continue to be today. Debbie believes she's probably met everyone in town, and the odd time that someone comes in that she doesn't know, they may "come in as strangers but they leave as friends!" Debbie is proud of her staff, who she says work hard, love their job and help to make the shop a friendly, welcoming place.