Family opens bakery in Barbour County
BELINGTON — A new Barbour County bakery is serving up old-fashioned sweet treats and hometown comfort food.
The father-daughter owned Moore Family Bakery, operated by David and Katie Moore, opened for business in August. David’s wife and Katie’s mom, Nancy Moore, also helps out with running the bakery.
With his daughter being a co-owner, David Moore said, “It helps build a future for her.”
“I have always wanted to be a business owner. I’ve always wanted a bakery. I never wanted to work under other people, so when he brought it up, I was like ‘yeah, let’s do it,” said Katie Moore.
Once the opportunity arose to open the business, the Moore family said they had to jump at the chance.
“We started a little bakery out back, and The Lunch Box was here then, and when they closed down we moved up and opened it up as bakery and a restaurant,” explained David Moore.
Nancy Moore added, “This was a God thing. This was the opportunity that opened up, and I don’t think we would’ve gone out on our own to do this, but (David) had the restaurant experience and (Katie) has the financial mind, and that just worked out well.”
With David Moore’s restaurant experience and the equipment already being available, the family decided to open up a full-on restaurant rather than just a bakery.
Since the opening, David Moore said the community has been welcoming of the business. He expects the warmer months will draw in more customers, as many people travel through the area.
“From the Belington (and) Elkins areas, they’re very gracious. They’re very patient,” noted Nancy Moore. “They’re all encouraging, and that helps us. We’re just very grateful.”
Though David Moore said he doesn’t think the business is unique compared to others, he said, “We try to treat everybody like family that comes in.”
“A blessing” is how David Moore describes the family business.
“It’s a blessing to us, and we pray that we’re a blessing to others in which ever way we can be, whether it’s through the menu, or just talking to them,” agreed Nancy Moore. “Sometimes you just spend some time with them and they have problems, and we pray for people … It’s very rewarding, I think, to be out in the public like that and just to meet the people.”
David Moore said the goal for the business is to one day be able to expand.
The menu offers a variety items, from breakfast meals to cheeseburgers for lunch and daily baked goods.
“You kind of have to pick and choose what people in the area want,” said David Moore about developing the menu. “Some things we started out with just didn’t go over very well down here, so we just took them off and added something else. It’s a simple menu, but people tend to like it pretty well.”
Nancy Moore noted David’s French toast is probably the most popular item, along with the biscuits and gravy and omelettes.
Though none of the dishes are made with secret ingredients, David Moore said the bakery’s old fashioned donuts are his great grandmother’s recipe.
The Moore Family Bakery is open from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.