In a house built on Ralston Street in the 1920's, works a 26-year-old entrepreneur who is helping to revitatlize the area. Nicholle Alumbaugh is a baker. Well, she is now. Her first love was the oboe and english horn, but now baking is music to her ears.
"I wanted a space that Reno didn't have. I felt Reno needed evening desserts. I felt Reno needed a 100% scratch bakery."
So she opened Homage Boutique Bakery.
A place where anyone can come and feel at home. Because all of the recipes come from Nicholle's family dating back generations.
"Is this your great grandma's binder?"
"So this is actually mom's that she did, um..."
"She loves making quiche. That's one thing we always used is Aunt Babe's pie crust recipe."
In fact, most of the delicacies come from a cookbook minus Nicholle's modern day twist. "Fig and fennel are great combinations and savory...I put them together in a cookie. It's gone off like crazy. People come in and love them. Also, we do lemon thyme in our lemon bars."
Their croissants, both savory and sweet, are made from scratch with their own wild yeast. Same is true for the cinnamon rolls.
And in the next few weeks, Homage Boutique Bakery will offer handmade artisan breads. "We'll be offering a country bread, a jalapeno cheddar, a walnut blue cheese, cranberry you name it."
Also coming soon? Seating on the patio during warm summer nights. You can even enjoy a glass of wine or beer.
For now, the coffee is locally roasted by the Hub Coffee Company and the pastries are all made in small batches to keep quality high.
Homage Bakery is located at 519 Ralston Street just north of Fifth Street. Their phone number is 775-323-8952. Hours are Monday-Friday 6:30am-9pm, Saturday 8am-9pm and Sunday closed.