Quality Bake Shoppe Switches Owners

The Quality Bake Shoppe in Moundsville is under new ownership.

Bill and Angel Henthorn are the new owners, having purchased the business from Tom Neal. The bakery had been in the Neal family for more than 70 years.

Merrill Neal started the business, originally named Quality Bakery, after having been a baker for New System Bakery that was located in the 300 block of Jefferson Avenue.

Three generations of Neal’s operated, the second generation being Larry Neal and Bill Neal and their families, prior to Tom Neal taking over.

Although the Henthorn’s have never been in the bakery, they did operate the Backwood’s Grill in the Proctor area, and Angel Henthorn was formerly employed in the PPG cafeteria.

Bill Henthorn has worked at PPG for 28 years, and is also a church pastor, having founded Solid Rock Baptist Church two years ago. The church was located at the Glen Dale Volunteer Fire Department Headquarters for a year before it moved two years to its current located on First Street near Maple Avenue in Moundsville.

Bill Henthorn, who are former residents of New Martinsville and now reside in Glen Dale, said his wife always wanted to get into the bakery business, and after they learned the Quality Bakery Shoppe was for sale, they were able to negotiate the purchase of the building and the recipes.

Henthorn said, like the former owners, it will be a family undertaking, pointing out that his daughter, Cass Talamonti, is an excellent cake decorator. Her husband is also involved in the business.

Henthorn said one of the first things since taking over ownership was to expand the number of items.

The former owners had gotten out of cake baking, and now the bakery is back into the cake business.

”We will have donuts and brownies until closing time,” Henthorn said. Closing times being 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 4 p.m. on Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays.

The bakery has a large assortment of cookies, with another popular being Maddogs.

Pepperoni rolls and coffee are ”big” sellers, Henthorn said, pointing out their coffee products are being purchased from Wheeling Coffee and Spice Co., enabling them to provide freshly brewed coffee every day.

Henthorn said, ”We have added six part-time employees. The staff now also includes four part-time employees, who are holdovers, along with the members of my family. Of these numbers, two are bakers, with one person in training as a baker.

”We want to make this a one-stop location for bakery products, coffee and the Wheeling Newspapers.”

The bakery open at 5 a.m. Monday through Friday, and 6 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

A grand opening is scheduled for April 5.

Non-profit organizations located in and or substantially serving Marshall County are eligible to apply for financial assistance from a recently established Chevron Community Fund, which will be administered by the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley.

Chevron has contributing $40,000 to establish the Fund.

Applications will be vetted by the CFOV staff and then forwarded to Chevron officials for their grant recommendations.

”Chevron will be operating in this region for decades, and we are committed to improving the social and economic well-being of the communities in which we operate,” Bruce Niemeyer, Vice President of Chevron’s Appalachian/Michigan Business Unit said.

‘The Chevron Fund of the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley, of which Susie Nelson is the executive director, will focus on providing support for organizations that share our company’s social investment focus area of STEM education, workforce development and health care.”

He noted that other funding areas may be considered.

The Chevron Fund will hold two grant cycles, one in the spring and one in the fall. The fund will award half of the available funds per cycle and recipients can receive a maximum of $10,000 grant applications.

Grant applications are due by 5 p.m. on May 15.

Applications should be sent to the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley for validation and preliminary review.

There will be a review process of the applications and award approval based on the following criteria: capacity for success; need for continued funding quality of request; direct benefit to Marshall County; community support; and amount of additional funding needed for project completion.

For additional information contact the CFOV Office at 304-242-3144, Fax 304-234-4763, or email Renee K. George, Grants Administrator at renee@ctov.org

The mailing address being: The Chevron Community Fund, the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley, 1310 Market St., Wheeling, WV 26003.

The 8th annual Marshall County Chamber of Commerce Home and Business Expo will be an event from 4-8 p.m. Friday and and 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.Saturday at the Training Center within the walls of the former West Virginia Penitentiary.

Although exhibitors were still signing up at this writing, it is anticipated that there will be 90 exhibits utilizing 120 booths. The exhibitors are those involved in home improvement, industry, health care, lawn and garden, banking/financial, real estate, insurance and more.

Among special attractions will be the Pirate Parrot on Friday, and the Easter Bunny on Saturday.

An additional special feature will be a craft show in the Technology Room.

There will be a food court by Bob’s Lunch.

There is no admission, and parking is free. For those parking outside the facility, there will be free shuttle service.