BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (WDTV) - Since day one, Bonnie Belle's has always been about family.
Some of Bonnie Belle's cupcakes on display.
"I think it makes people feel like part of something," said Desi Underwood, one of the pastry decorators at the bakery.
In 1947, Richard Hawkins and his wife Bonnie Belle opened their first shop in a barn, before opening their store in Nutter Fort.
"My family has been coming here since it opened; my great-grandparents came and so it's kind of like a tradition to come here," said customer Maddi Dillon.
This August, they opened their new storefront in Bridgeport.
"I really like their cookies, they've been my favorite for a long time. My mom would always get them for us when we were little and I grew up eating them," said another customer, Isabelle Cunanan.
The Hawkins passed the bakery down to their late son, Jim and his wife, Linda. Now, Linda and her son, Patrick, run the bakery and still use the original recipes.
"Everything is homemade and people known that," Underwood said.
Although they still use the recipes from 70 years ago, the bakery has always been at the forefront of baking trends.
Years ago, they were the first bakery in the tri-county area to put portraits on cakes using the latest technology at the time.
They continue to keep up with what's new, without losing touch with their roots.
The shop specializes in cakes, iced cookies, and over 30 varieties of gourmet cupcakes.
"The food here is definitely very good and the shop is family oriented," said Cunanan.
"It's definitely the best place to get birthday cakes," Dillon said.
They also feature specialty items for the holidays. With Thanksgiving only two days away, Bonnie Belle's is ready to sell plenty of festive desserts.
"Pumpkin pie and apple pie, and pumpkin roll. We also have turkey and pumpkin cookies, and specialty cupcakes," said Underwood.
They even serve personal-size, mini pumpkin pies and sell pumpkin roll by the slice.
At Bonnie Belle's, the best thing about serving up sweet treats is making people smile.
"We make people happy," Underwood said.
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