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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Gus's Goodies

There is a family-owned business at downtown Weirton where baked goodies are so good. That was our first time buying a cake there and after that experience, my husband said "Never again will I buy a cake from other store". I am not much of a cake eater but I can truly say that I enjoyed eating a slice of their cake, so delicious.
The first time we got to try their cakes was when  lady from the school gave my husband  a big box of cake  for Veteran's Day.  That was delicious too!
I searched about their site and I found this interesting history about them (copied from their website):

Around 1912, Gus Monezis, and his brother, George, immigrated from Greece to America. Gus came to Weirton, WV, and began working at Weirton Steel Company. George moved to McKeesport, PA, and became employed as a baker and cake decorator at the William Penn Hotel. He later opened his own bakery, the Minerva Pastry Shop.
Gus had three sons and one daughter in Greece. After he got settled, he brought the entire family to Weirton. Two of the sons, Nick and George, were taught the bakery business by great uncle George.
Uncle George started Royal Pastry on Main Street in south Weirton. In the 1935, Nick took over the business and young George went into the Army. In 1960, Nick's son, Gus (named for his grandfather), and his daughter, Helen, and her husband, Nick, took over the operations. Helen and her husband eventually moved to Illinois in 1969, and Gus became the sole proprietor of the bakery. Gus then introduced his own wife, Aggie, and daughters to the business.
Gus's Goodies may have seen a few name changes throughout the years, but it's still the same family business that started so many years ago; and it's still located on Main Street in south Weirton.
What happened to the other Monezis bakers? Great uncle George had a son, George Jr., and he had a son, Mark. They, along with George's wife, Irene, and daughter, Cathy, still operate the bakery in McKeesport, PA.

Disclaimer.  This is not a sponsored post, I just want to share this local business that has been around for years at our  city.  If you are visiting and  feel the need for some sweet, they are the place to go to.

14 sumptuous burps..:

Luna Miranda said...

it's great when you find a bakery that matches your taste.:p i'm not very fond of cakes, too, but i there are certain cakes and pastries that i like from a certain bakery.

Liz said...

The cake looks delicious. Have a fabulous week!

Liz (yacb)

SmilingSally said...

Yum, you sure gave Gus's Goodies a nice pat on the back!

Have a good Blue Monday, Rose.

Liz said...

Back for Rt2.

lina@womens perspectives said...

I'd like to try their cakes :)

richies said...

You are making me hungry.
An Arkies Musings

Reader Wil said...

Great shots!

Roger Owen Green said...

GREAT-looking cake!
ROG, ABC Wednesday team said...

Great post for G ~ delish! ^_^ Happy Birthday ^_^


Yum yum, a goodie post as well! I love that cake, they've earned their name!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Wonderful if you can find a place like that. Gives you a break form the kitchen :-) Diane

mai said...

a bakery with a rich family history. i believe that the best cakes come from family-owned local bakeshops and not from the popular, commercial bakeshops. :)

Dhemz said...

that's really nice sis...ibang cake jan bonggacious yung decor...d naman!

Anonymous said...

My name is Jorgeee and I'm from Steubenville, OH, which is right next to Weirton, WV. Guss' is the best bakery in town, BY FAR! He is always trying something new. Go there and try their baklava cheesecake right now!

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