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Knead the Dough is the Ransomville Business of the Year

by jpauly
Tue, Mar 10th 2015 10:25 am
Debbie Parker with her granddaughter Elliot, daughter Amanda Parker, Jayne Held and daughter Sarah Woolson
Debbie Parker with her granddaughter Elliot, daughter Amanda Parker, Jayne Held and daughter Sarah Woolson

 Ransomville Business of the Year

Knead the Dough


The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce Knead the Dough as the recipient of the Ransomville Business of the Year Award. The Ransomville Business and Professional Association assist the chamber in providing a business nomination that has showed dedication and service to the Ransomville community. Knead the Dough is more than just a great place to dine; it is a place where you feel like family from the moment you step in the door.

People come from all over the United States to patronize Knead the Dough in Ransomville. For the past thirteen years owner Debbie Parker has created a location that focuses on creating an atmosphere that is "home away from home" for customers using fresh, quality ingredients. A registered nurse by trade, Debbie fell into starting the business by chance.  It has truly grown into a family affair with daughters Sarah Woolson and Amanda Parker working by Debbie's side and even involving the grandchildren helping out at the restaurant and featuring their drawings on the menu.  Additional staff includes Hannah McGovern, Jayne Held, Ann Marie Bradley and Jennifer Henson. Of course there is one other important part of Knead the Dough and that is Savannah.  You can't miss Savannah, as she is pretty true to size and can often be found dressed for the holidays. Savannah is a pig statue that was purchased on a trip to Savannah, Georgia and has found its place at the counter.

Knead the Dough has been in Ransomville since August 2, 2002 starting as a small diner just down the road from the current location (3678 Ransomville Road).  As time went on and business grew, it was Legislator Clyde Burmaster who wanted Debbie to take a look at the old Agway feed mill turned Doctor's office for the new location of Knead the Dough.  Customers came and helped volunteer to make repairs and she celebrated a new location and ribbon cutting in May of 2006.  Today in 2015, the business continues to grow with word of mouth serving as the best marketing tool. Social media is also used weekly as well as listing menu and catering information online at www.KneadTheDough.net

Debbie's customers have become like family to her and the staff.  There are a few regulars who can be seen twice a day at Knead the Dough, and then those who make it a priority to stop in when they are visiting from out of town.  Many local groups have also made Knead the Dough their meeting place for weekly meetings from retired educators to the crew from Bonds Lake.  One of the favorite groups that meet regularly is the ROMEO's...which stands for Retired Old Men Eating Out. 

            Feeling like a part of the family makes the customers feel at home, but eating the delicious food keeps them coming back!  Knead the Dough prepares homemade bread daily; desserts are all made by hand.  Everything is made fresh, from scratch with ingredients that are sourced from local farmers and vendors. Breakfast and lunch is served six days a week as well as catering, custom orders and desserts from wedding cakes to pies, tarts and cookies.  Sweet potato pancakes made with their own special batter is often a favorite menu item as well as the sandwiches served on fresh bread.  Some of the menu items are even named after people from the community!  Customers often ask how they can have a menu item named after them. 

Knead the Dough is an important part of Ransomville. It is a place where people feel like part of the family and a true sense of community. You can find many great sayings serving as artwork on the walls such as "Don't judge people by their relatives" which puts a smile on everyone's face, and also "This Business is about everyone who works here and comes here."  It is these statements that support the mission of Knead the Dough, which is having a place where there are no strangers, just friends you have yet to meet.

Debbie and her staff care for their customers and enjoy supporting local activities and organizations.  Debbie was instrumental in founding the Ransomville Food Pantry - seeing a need for the service in Ransomville and working to grow the program.  She also serves as a volunteer on the Town of Porter Recreation Board.

            The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce along with the Ransomville Business and Professional Association proudly congratulate Knead the Dough as the 2015 Ransomville Business of the Year.



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