WEST BEND — On Monday, February 5, No Way Café held its grand opening at 403 S. Main Street, offering gluten-free pastries and organic food and beverages, offering a safe haven for yeast-intolerant individuals and health enthusiasts alike.
“It’s our fourth day and everything’s gotten busier and busier,” said Jacki Cull, owner of No Way Café. She was excited about the community’s response to her dedicated gluten-free coffee shop and bakery.
A long-time baker, Cull began creating tasty gluten-free options at home to accommodate her own food sensitivities. However, she keenly noticed the absence of gluten-free and health conscious restaurants in town.
“I have many food allergies, so I can’t have wheat, gluten, anything like that and West Bend is really lacking [in gluten-free options],” she said.
“A lot of times when I’ve done baking, I’ll bake for people and when they find out it’s gluten free they usually say ‘No way!’” Hence inspiring the name of the new local coffee spot. “We’re 100% dedicated gluten free and as organic as we can be.”
No Way Café also strives to collect ingredients as seasonal and local as possible. They proudly serve Coffee Jar coffee, a local roaster in West Bend. “We call him up when we need it and he roasts it,” said Cull. ” [The bags] are still warm when they get here so it’s pretty much the freshest coffee you can get!”
She and her husband Aaron have dreamed of owning a café for years. “We’ve talked about doing a bakery since my kids were all home,” said Cull. They bought the building at 403 S. Main about 5 years ago from the Flower Smith, and used it to run her wedding business, Make it Memorable.
“I ended up moving my wedding business back to my home office because it was just too big of a space. But I always knew it was going to be a café,” she said.
Originally, the cafe was supposed to open before COVID, but ultimately the project didn’t come to fruition until 2023. She’s rented out the space a few times to other businesses, including her son’s CBD store, The Cannidote. Finally towards the latter part of last year, the vision of the café began coming to life.
A little work had to be done to turn the building into a cozy coffee joint. 3 or 4 walls had to be put up to block off the kitchen and Cull’s old office needed to be transformed into a restroom. Local artist Allen Moehr added bright color to the space with a large painted mural.
Cull is passionate not only about feeding the community truly healthy food, but also by showing the benefits of eating certain foods and ingredients that No Way offers.
“I want to educate people,” she said. “I think that we need to pay more attention to our health. I’d rather pay a couple more cents [on good food] and feel good than spend hundreds of dollars at the doctor later.”
Right now they offer a variety of house baked gluten-free pastries, local coffee, organic teas and smoothies, and then a soup and a chili. No Way also offers some unique coffee alternatives that utilize delicious combinations of herbs and adaptogens to better the brain and body. Cull also has plenty of flyers and signage describing the many health benefits of each ingredient.
For Cull, it’s always about sneaking in healthy ingredients that boost your health without even tasting or knowing they’re there. “We always put healthy stuff wherever we can,” she said.
There is not a menu or full list of pastries at the moment, as Cull and her team are still experimenting with the demand and prep time of each item. She’s excited to introduce more pastries, food and gluten-free bread in the future.
“We’re really looking forward to opening up for lunch, hopefully this summer,” she said. They are also looking forward to completing their patio and having outdoor seating available to guests, as well as introducing gluten-free beers and tea-infused alcoholic beverages.
No Way Café is looking to hire a few more cashier/barista jobs. More information on the cafe’s offerings can be found on their Facebook page.