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Baking For Morehead, And Shipping Around The World

Root-A-Bakers Bakery and Cafe, in Morehead in Rowan County, is located in a large white Victorian house. Owner Lana Root welcomes guests to join her for a cup of “joe” with a slice of coconut cream pie. Opened in 2000, Root continues to make items the old-fashioned way—fresh ingredients and real butter. It didn’t take long for word to get around. “Frosted sugar cookies to die for” brought raves from customers. Every newcomer is treated to a free one, and they go through about 30 dozen a day. Root and her staff of five are enthusiastic about their craft. Today, they ship bakery items across the U.S. and abroad, in addition to catering various small events. During the holidays, Root sells more than 500 dozen sugar cookies during Christmas week, as well as countless breads, cakes, pies, and more. Root delights when she gives customers her “combination-stuffing recipe” for turkey. “My mother always used cornbread and biscuits and my former mother-in-law liked to use bread. I decided to use some of both and include our cheddar-herb bread. It makes it really moist and yummy.” Her 30-seat cafe, open for breakfast and lunch, offers fresh soups, homemade breads, salads, and sandwiches. “If you’re too busy to bake we’re delighted to fill your table with special treats,” Root says. For more info, including hours, visit the Web site

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