Historic Richmond bakery has roots in Gloucester
It is 88 years old and still a thriving business in Richmond. Sally Bell’s Kitchen is perhaps the oldest continuing bakery in the city. Its story is almost a fairy tale.
Perhaps Mrs. Milton didn’t think much about the idea as she sold out after five years to Miss Jones in 1929 when she moved to New York. However, Miss Jones must have, because it was her wish that the business never leave the family. Today, the Jones family still operates Sally Bell’s Kitchen with Martha Jones as manager.
The two founding women, who were described as "two distinguished ladies," had become acquainted through the Woman’s Exchange (a place "to give gentle ladies of modest means an opportunity to earn much-needed money by accepting their handiwork and cooking on consignment") where Mrs. Milton sold her popular devil’s food cake and Miss Jones did the bookkeeping.
Following Mrs. Milton’s departure from the bakery, Miss Jones continued running the business as owner, manager and bookkeeper for 45 years at 701 West Grace Street, and at the new location, 708 West Grace Street, a move made in 1942 and where it thrives to this day.