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Local bakery to reopen after sale to family

Xavier Smith • Updated Sep 23, 2016 at 8:00 AM

A local favorite will reopen its doors Monday after more than a year absence and owners said residents should expect the same great quality, along with new twists and treats.

J. Clayborn’s on West Main Street next to Baskin Robbins will continue the Clayborn legacy in the location after The Food and Drug Administration closed the previous Clayborn’s Bakery last year. 

Brittany Pickler, granddaughter of Johnnie Clayborn, said she and her partners – mother Connie, and sister, Brooke – bought the business earlier this year after much thought.

“He ran it for years and it worked its way through the family through the years and then it closed last July. We sat on it for awhile and thought about it and this last February, we decided we would purchase it,” Pickler said. 

Pickler said it has always been a dream of hers to own a bakery, but the extra icing on the cake is that this is a family establishment. 

“It’s always been a dream of mine. I grew up here. It was my daycare. I learned my ABC’s in the office. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” she said. 

Pickler said guests could expect the favorites – fudge pies, coconut cakes and doughnuts – which will be made from her grandfather’s recipe book. 

“Expect a different look. We want to continue to do what people love and expand on that. We want to incorporate new recipes and new items,” she said. 

She said the restaurant portion of the business would also return, but would feature more soups, salads and sandwiches rather than meat and three. 

Pickler said so far, people are extremely supportive of the reopening, with more than 1,100 likes on their Facebook page. 

“People have been so excited. We’ve been working on it since March and everyday I’ve had to turn people away and tell them we’re not there yet, but we’re getting closer,” she said. 

Doors will open Monday at 6 a.m.

“It’s a new experience for all of us and we want everyone to come with a fresh perspective,” she said. 

Clayborn’s Bakery was the 2014 Best of Wilson County winner for best doughnuts.

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