Novel Breads Co. is a new concept company. It's part artisan bread micro-bakery, part bread store, part independent bookstore and part gourmet food store.

Inside the cozy space, you will discover delicious treats in every nook and cranny. While visiting the store, take a little time to enjoy the unique decor of artwork, handmade 'book' shelves and personal mementos thoughtfully curated by the owner.

Always striving to create something new, the owner and literary baker finds bread ideas in some of the most unlikely places, including inside the pages of books she has read.

~CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO NOVEL BREADS' STORY (Interview through Chatham University’s oral history project, 2018)

~Click on the article by Kristy Locklin of Pittsburgh Magazine (November 16, 2022) https://www.pittsburghmagazine.com/novel-breads-co-specializes-in-literature-and-loaves/

~Follow the link below for the article written by Visit Butler County (Spring 2023)




Novel Breads Co. strives to provide bread lovers of Western Pennsylvania with the highest quality and most flavorful breads by using naturally cultivated sourdough starter, by applying the long-fermentation process that nurtures and unveils layers and layers of flavor and by mixing everything by hand. 

Novel Breads Co. also ensures the quality of the breads by using locally milled flour and other ingredients produced on our regional farms as well as crafting some ingredients in-house.


Novel Breads Co. brings together two of life's pleasures by creating breads inspired directly from books.

As a voracious reader, Novel Breads owner, Heather Sprague, finds names, passages and quotes from the books she reads and then later bequeaths them to the breads.

By combining the literary with the culinary, Novel Breads Co. aims to generate an experience for customers that is unlike any other.


Defining what it means to shop locally isn't as simple as it would seem as each person perceives "local" in very different ways. At Novel Breads Co., however, I choose to define "local" as purchasing ingredients made and/or distributed within a 100-mile radius of where Novel Breads' creations are baked.

While this concept is not new or novel, it continues to be relevant. By shopping locally, we are stimulating local economies, fostering relationships with farmers and small business owners, and putting money back into our communities. When you shop at Novel Breads Co., you too, are contributing to this thriving web.

Ordering & Pickup


(Please be sure to thoroughly and carefully read ordering instructions below and on the product pages.)

1.) Preordering is for pickup only; shipping is not available.

2.) All preorders must be placed 2-3 MORNINGS (at the latest) prior to intended pickup date. Anything later cannot be guaranteed.

3.)When placing preorders, please be sure to include date of pickup and location as well as a contact phone number in case we have questions about the order.


1.) NOVEL BREADS CO. (Order pickup and in store shopping)

504 Pittsburgh St.

Mars, PA 16046

(entrance is located on the side of the Baumgartel Professional Building; follow the yellow and orange footprints to the door).

HOURS: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays 10am-2pm (please note that any store hour changes will be listed on social media and on the door of store).

2.) Renfrew Address: (Order Pickup Only)

146 Moose Rd.

Renfrew, PA 16053

(follow the driveway and split rail fence to the back of the house)

HOURS: Monday-Saturday, 4pm -7pm

3.) APPALACHIAN OUTPOST-Butler (Order pickup and in-store shopping)

168 New Castle Rd.

Butler PA, 16001

*Wednesday afternoon delivery

*Please check with Novel Breads Co. before preordering for pickup at Appalachian as deliveries are made every other Wednesday, with schedule changes due to holidays and business.

*Preorders for Appalachian must be in by the Monday Morning prior to Wednesday pickup At the Latest.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, Heather Sprague, at:




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Novel Breads Co.

146 Moose Rd.

Renfrew, PA 16053



Best Artisan Bread I've ever eaten/discovered and I have eaten all kinds of bread all over the world. Glad I do not have to go to Switzerland or Oregon to find it anymore.

~Frank B.

Dear Heather,

On Sunday, I stopped by The Enchanted Olive for a bottle of olive oil, and left with that and some of your bread - Milk Buds and the Ricotta Sourdough. 

Sunday evening I had  a Milk Buds roll with a nice glass of rose wine.  It was wonderful!  Tonight I had the sourdough with a bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup - equally wonderful. 

As I told you on Sunday, I love good bread, and your bread is simply terrific!  I’m passing your business information on to my friends who live in the Butler area and encouraging them to give your bread a try.  If they do, they won’t regret it!

Good luck with your business.  I’m looking forward to seeing you soon.

~Linda M.