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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.

One wonders if the two ladies, Elizabeth Lee Milton of Gloucester, and Sarah ("Sallie") Cabell Jones of Ashland, could ever have imagined when they began the business in 1924, then called the Sarah Lee Kitchen, that it would still be going in 2012. Calvin Coolidge was president of the United States that year, and E. Lee Trinkle was governor of Virginia.

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 t...

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