By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
They were lining up for loaves Saturday during the Home for the Holidays Enid Home Show at Chisholm Trail Expo Center.
Styria Bakery II’s European and Artisan breads drew quite a crowd as Shannon Campbell stuffed loaves of potato and sourdough bread into bags while answering questions from those gathered around her booth.
One woman, who purchased the last two loaves of Dill Red Onion bread, told Campbell, “I bought this two years ago and have been looking for it ever since.”
Campbell thanked the woman and told her she’d be back in April for the Spring Home Show.
“Here’s some contact info so you’ll never lose me again,” she said, handing the woman a yellow flier with a list of dates and home shows, an email address and website URL.
In between crowds, Campbell said the first time she ever had a booth at the Enid Home Show was 2009, the year a tornado struck the Expo Center.
“I was impressed with how it was handled,” she said. “The people were so nice.”
Campbell said there was a man with a booth at the show that year who wanted two loaves of bread but only had a credit cards. At the time, she couldn’t take that type of payment.
She said she gave him the loaves and told him to pay her the next day. But the tornado struck, and being paid was the last thing on her mind.
“A year later this man came up to my booth with the money,” she said.
Campbell and her husband, Klause, began their bakery in 1998. Instead of a brick-and-mortar business, she said they sell their breads at farmer’s markets near their Denver home in the summer season. In the off-seasons, they sell their breads at shows like the Enid Home Show.
“I’ve been doing shows since about 2000, 2001,” she said. “All my kids have grown up working in the bakery. We are the ultimate mom-and-pop bakery.”
Campbell said their bakery is influenced by her husband’s Austrian heritage. The name of their bakery even comes from the shortened version of Steiermark, the province where her husband is from.
Styria Bakery II sells many offerings of breads and dessert breads.
Campbell said her husband does all the baking and she gives him notes she takes throughout the day, so he knows what to bake for the next day.
Lemon Mint Chocolate, Asiago Basil, Kalamatta Olive and Roasted Garlic are only a few of the breads Campbell is selling at the show. She’s also selling strudel and stollen, a dessert bread stuffed with fruits and walnuts, then dipped in butter and rolled in powdered sugar.
Campbell accepts cash, checks and credit cards at the show, and will be there today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For further information go to www.styriabakerybread.com.