Central Pa sisters open bakery and cafe


Postmasters Coffee and Bakery has something for every coffee lover, from frothy lattes to hot mocha and everything in between.

Located at 11235 Buchanan Trail East in Waynesboro, the store opened in early June and has been dazzling the taste buds of its customers ever since.

Abby said their company name was inspired by the values ​​they saw in the postal service, inspired by the way it connects people. “The post office has become the meeting place for the inhabitants of the city; we want to be the meeting place for our community.

The Daniels sisters started their journey in 2018 with a 1969 Bee Line towable trailer which they renovated into a mobile donut shop they called Dawn and Dusk Donuts, setting up shop in farmers’ markets and hosting special events.

Abby Daniels, left, is pictured with her sisters Lydia and Ellyn Daniels in this 2018 file photo.

“The response from the community has been really impressive,” said Ellyn Daniels, who owns the cafe with her sister Abby Daniels. “We have a lot of customers who still come in tow and now come here at Postmasters. It has become a space that cultivates its own set of new clients.

The love of the sisters for baking comes from a long line of family bakers.

“We come from really big families and great bakers,” Abby said. “Our parents and grandparents are very good bakers. We also had the opportunity to take a few baking and bread courses to help us learn as well as be able to travel and discover great bakeries from which we are inspired.

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Sisters Daniels, Abby and Ellyn are pictured here behind the Postmasters counter

Thinking back to the last few weeks of full activity, the decision to restore the old Tavern Hut building to accommodate their brick and mortar bakery was an easy one.

“We’ve put together a list of the pros and cons of using the donut trailer, and the installation and teardown has been the worst part, but our favorite part is the conversations we have with our customers,” said they declared.

Customers place their coffee orders at the postmaster's counter.

Having this showcase will allow the duo to focus their energy on developing new menu items while having the flexibility to organize events with their trailer if needed.

“Our inspiration for postmasters was to take functional parts and add our own details to them,” Ellyn said. “We just like to take things and make them a little more special. “We felt that the community needed a place where they could get some fresh baked goods to taste and have a chat with their friends. “

Notable features include a textured wall, color scheme-specific lights, exposed wood beams, and an original Hut Tavern jukebox.

Postmasters Coffee and Bakery is pictured here in Waynesboro.

“When you walk into the store you will see that we have demolished some things and left as much as possible in the original building and then built to better meet our needs,” said Abby.

“So far it has worked really well, we’ve done a lot of baking, but on a very different scale. Everything is a lot more fun and a lot more work than expected but we wouldn’t want to do anything else; it gives us much greater appreciation for all small business owners.

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Bakery items are on a rotating menu as the Daniels sisters focus on the items the community wants as well as custom orders.

“We have vegan and gluten-free options every week as well as favorites like sticky buns, croissants, cakes and muffins,” Abby said. . ”

Postmasters' sticky buns have become a favorite bakery item since opening in early June.

Bill Kohler, Director of Economic Development for Mainstreet Waynesboro Inc. has worked with the duo as vendors at the downtown Waynesboro Farmer’s Market since 2018.

“I feel like we kind of grew up together at the market. Working with them was one of the highlights there. It gives us a lot of pride that they are still on the market. Kohler said. “As young people and entrepreneurs, they prove that you can do it if you think about it. It’s very exciting to see their success. “

The hours of operation for postmasters are 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and Saturday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information call 717-655-7172 or follow them on Facebook and Instagram @ postmasters.coffee.

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