ELKINS — Local “foodies” are in for a treat, as a new bakery is set to open in town.
On Nov. 6, the Great Harvest Bread Company bakery and cafe will open its doors at the Plantation Plaza on the Beverly Five Lane.
The franchise, which is based out of Dillon, Montana, has more than 200 locations across the United States. The Elkins bakery will be the first of its kind in the state of West Virginia.
“I looked around and thought what was missing in Elkins,” said owner David Kesling, who is also the president of the Randolph County Commission. “I knew there was nowhere in town you could get bread made fresh every day and take home a loaf if you wanted to. So that’s why I decided to go with Great Harvest. There was nothing around that offers what they do.”
Kesling recently spent three weeks of training in Montana learning how to make all of the different items the bakery will offer.
The daily bake schedule will offer three types of bread — honey whole wheat, farmhouse white and dakota — every day of the week that customers can take home by the loaf or simply enjoy on a sandwich. The dakota is a seedy bread made out of the honey whole wheat base that has pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds, among other ingredients.
The honey whole wheat bread takes “making from scratch” to a different level as the flour will actually be made from grain seeds in the bakery’s in-house mill.
Specialty breads such as Cinnamon Chip, Cranberry Orange Bread and Cheddar Garlic are among some of the specials to be offered every other day.
A breakfast sandwich will be offered daily at the location and will be available all day. Customers can choose either fresh bread or a fresh-made biscuit with an egg, and either ham or bacon on the sandwich, with a choice of cheese and garlic spread, which is also made in-house along with all of Great Harvest’s spreads.
Numerous sandwiches and two soups of the day are offered for lunch and dinner. Classic sandwiches like turkey, roast beef, ham, BLT, and cheese steak will be available, as will specialties like the spicey apple bacon grilled cheese, which features six slices of bacon, two slices cheese, apple slices, and pepper jelly.
All of the sandwiches will come on fresh homemade bread and all of the meats and cheeses will be sliced in-house. Combination specials will be available with all sandwiches.
Great Harvest will also offer different varieties of salads such as Cobb, Garden and Yardbird, as well as coffee items such as cappuccinos, lattes and expresssos. Specialty coffees such as pumpkin spice and cinnamon lattes will be available, as will seasonal coffee specials.
Keslng, who recently spent three weeks of training in Montana learning how to make all of the different items the company will offer, said that customers can use curbside pickup in front of the location to collect takeout orders.
“We’re going to have two spaces in front where customers can pick up orders without even having to get out of their car,” he said. “All they have to do is go online or call in the order, and then when they get here call us and we will bring it out.”
Customers who decide to eat in will be able to enjoy a free slice of bread every day while waiting in line to place their order.
During the holidays Great Harvest will offer special loaves of bread. For Thanksgiving there will be a loaf shaped like a turkey. A pumpkin bread loaf will be available for Halloween and a bunny for Easter. The shelf life for any bread taken home is a guaranteed 7 to 10 days.
There is also a retail wall at the location that will offer many items including soups, butters, spreads, preserves, jams, maple syrup, salad dressings, peanut butter, cranberry relish, and pancake and cookie mixes.
Dog treats are also made in-house if you want to take a snack home for your pet.
The hours of operation will be 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Customers are urged to go ahead and sign up for the Great Harvest Bread Company rewards program at Greatharvestcentralwv.com.