In a heartfelt announcement addressed to cookie enthusiasts, Dough Re Mi has shared its bittersweet decision to close its doors.
“It is with heavy hearts and misty eyes that we announce, as much as it pains us to say it, the time has come to close the oven door on this sweet venture,” said Dough Re Mi co-founder and ‘Cookie Queen’ Meredith West.
“From our first cookie in 2016, little did we know it would evolve into a beloved haven for cookie lovers like yourselves.
“Your smiles and the joy you found in each of our carefully crafted cookies have been the driving force behind every batch we baked.”
Meredith told her customers the decision to close the store “was not made lightly”, however circumstances had steered them in a different direction.
“We’ve poured our hearts into every cookie, and it’s only fitting that we extend the same sincerity in bidding adieu,” she said.
“To each and every one of you who have walked through our doors, ordered online, and indulged in the sweet symphony of flavours we created, we want to express our deepest thanks.
“Your support has been the sugar in our recipe, and we are endlessly grateful for the friendships we’ve forged along this roller-coaster of a journey.”
Meredith said the Dough Re Mi team had reflected on the countless moments shared with their customers and were filled with love and sadness.
“As we fold our aprons and turn off the ovens, we want you to understand that this farewell signals the conclusion of Dough Re Mi, but know that the memories we’ve shared and the love we’ve felt will forever remain in our cookie-shaped hearts,” Meredith said.
“We want to extend a heartfelt thank you for allowing us to be a part of your lives and stomachs.”
Meredith, who grew up on a farm between Temora and Cootamundra, told Region last year that she learned to bake by watching her mother.
“I used to help her when I was young and found that I just loved baking,” she said. “To me, it’s like a science.”
In 2016, Meredith and her best friend Jessie braved a freezing April day to run a barbecue fundraiser at Bunnings. By the end of the day, the two friends had made $300 and decided to start a business together.
The cookie connoisseur ran her whole business from home for six years before taking the step to open a shop in town.
She has sold cookies far and wide – including a box to cheer up folk in COVID lockdown to huge orders for companies such as Disney.
“We made Mickey Mouse ones for them,” she said.
Every cookie is made by hand, all to Meredith’s secret recipe. The only thing she’ll reveal is that the recipe contains an “obscene” amount of butter.
The self-proclaimed ‘Cookie Crew’ have run market stalls all over the country, including at Trove Market in Bendigo, Henty Machinery Field Days, Handmade in Canberra and River & Wren Markets at the Wagga Wagga Showground and they joined the Adelong Winter Bites Festival last year for bushfire relief.
Customers are reminded to check Dough Re Mi’s social media pages for the most up-to-date information on operating hours.
Dough Re Mi will take online orders until 10 December. Custom orders are now closed and the final day of trade will be 22 December.