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Garland Pollard

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  • Location: Richmond, VA
Virginia Bakeries Mon, 09/18/06 5:08 PM (permalink)

In Virginia, there are only a few of the old-style bakeries left. You know what I am talking about--1950s decor, 1970s prices, terrazzo floors, tape dispensers for package sealing, and a safe but competent non-French mix of cakes, cookies, breads and confections. Does any place make cinnamon twists anymore?

Below are three classics. I am wondering if there are any others across the state worth looking at for a food story I am researching. In addition, please tell of ones that are close to interstate exits, etc.. Also of interest--any old style bakeries in Northern VA or Roanoke areas. Below are three I know of. Do the roadfood readers know of any more? If so, please post here and you can also email me at editor(AT)

Sally Bell's in Richmond is a well-known classic but I am looking for others. Faves are:

Mixing Bowl, Richmond

Westhampton Bakery, Richmond

NAAS Bakery, Tidewater Drive, Norfolk


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    • Location: Williamsburg, VA
    RE: Virginia Bakeries Thu, 09/21/06 9:49 AM (permalink)
    I think Rainbow Donuts in Richmond sells cinnamon twists.

    I live in Williamsburg and there is a relatively new bakery open in connection with an Italian deli - Florimonte's. I'm not sure this is what your looking for.

    Looking forward to your findings.

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      • Location: Culpeper, VA
      RE: Virginia Bakeries Thu, 09/21/06 10:51 AM (permalink)
      Knakal's Bakery in Culpeper, Va comes to mind. Been a couple years since I stopped by there, but I've always been happy with anything I've tried there. Biscuits are excellent!

      Knakal's Bakery- 146 East Davis St., Culpeper, Va.

      My boss mentioned a place in Md. (not Va. but close by) called Wall's Bakery. According to him ownership may have changed recently. But he swears by the doughnuts.

      Wall's Bakery- Waldorf, Md. 301-645-5276

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        • Location: Milwaukee WI
        RE: Virginia Bakeries Wed, 09/27/06 10:19 PM (permalink)
        Sally Bell's is still in operation? Oh good! I used to get their lemon glazed "cut cakes" back in the late 60s. Nice to read a class operation survived.

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          • Location: Roanoke, VA
          RE: Virginia Bakeries Thu, 01/22/09 8:56 PM (permalink)
          Grandma's Goodies (?) in Christiansburg. Or Wild Flour Bakery on 4th St in Roanoke.

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            • Location: Sin City, VA
            Re:Virginia Bakeries Fri, 01/23/09 2:54 PM (permalink)
            Garland Pollard

            Hey, Garland, selfishly and unrelated to this particular thread, note the reference to your great Virginia Living magazine on the tenth post here (and welcome to RoadFood!).
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              Howard Baratz

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              Re:Virginia Bakeries Fri, 01/23/09 5:48 PM (permalink)
              Garland Pollard


              2 posts in 7 1/2 years? Way to pace yourself, dude.


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                Re:Virginia Bakeries Fri, 01/23/09 6:12 PM (permalink)
                The Westhampton bakery in Richmond was my fave, they would sell out of most items before noon, boy I miss them!

                  Re:Virginia Bakeries Fri, 03/27/09 12:09 PM (permalink)

                  The Westhampton bakery in Richmond was my fave, they would sell out of most items before noon, boy I miss them!

                  Wow say it isn't so about Westhampton!  I swear I just had some stuff from thee a few months ago :( 
                    Route 11

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                    • Location: Howardsville, VA
                    Re:Virginia Bakeries Fri, 03/27/09 12:14 PM (permalink)
                    I agree on Knackal's. Excellent eclairs, too. Culpeper's downtown has some nice gourmet shops and restaurants for strolling and chowing.

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                      Re:Virginia Bakeries Tue, 04/21/09 8:58 PM (permalink)
                      I have 40-year-old memories of Sally Bell's and the Westahamton.
                      Is Dot's Pastry Shop still around? 
                      The thing I remember from Richmond bakeries was "cut cakes" rather than cupcakes.  A sheet cake was cut into 3" squares and then individually frosted or given a hot glaze.

                      --oops, just noticed I responded to this 3 years ago!
                      <message edited by DavidEMartin on Tue, 04/21/09 9:00 PM>

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                        Re:Virginia Bakeries Tue, 04/21/09 9:34 PM (permalink)
                        The aforementioned Westhampton Pastry Shop (5728 Patterson Avenue in Richmond [804 / 282-4413]) is still both very much open and excellent. We're talking handmade cakes, pies, cookies and doughnuts. It is literally next to wanderingjew's beloved Freckles restaurant (as well as another place [Amy's Handmades?] which serves EXCELLENT limeades ) and I was just at both places a couple of weeks ago.
                        Still going strong. Still superb.


                          Re:Virginia Bakeries Fri, 05/7/10 11:28 AM (permalink)
                          I just stopped at Westhampton a couple of weeks ago.   Got a great coconut cake, and some doughnuts and a few other pastries.  Wish it were a little easier for me to get to from work.. Then again my doctor is probably glad I don't get there very often lol.
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