The Bread Lady: Like mother like daughter

The Bread Lady, 912 Moye Blvd., is known for homemade breads, but now the bakery/cafe has added house-made bagels.

It's just one of the changes in the menu since the bakery's founder retired and her daughter took the reins.

After years of starting her day at 4 a.m. to make everything fresh before the restaurant opened at 8 a.m., founder Elaine Allen decided to pass the Bread Lady baton to her daughter, Heather Graff, who had been working by her side for years.

And the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Made-from-scratch loaves of breads are available daily, including sour dough, honey wheat, sun-dried tomato basil, sour dough garlic cheddar, banana walnut, pineapple zucchini walnut, and maple pecan sweet potato.

The Bread Lady also offers whole custom-baked cakes and pies -- everything from Southern favorites like Red Velvet, Caramel and Coconut to elaborate wedding cakes.

Individual desserts -- which are $1.75 each -- include cream cheese brownies, carrot cake, peanut butter bars, lemon bars, banana cream cake, pumpkin cheesecake and red velvet cupcakes.

But what began with a limited box lunch menu of sandwiches on fresh bread and one daily hot special has grown into a full cafe menu.

The original offerings of homemade chicken salad, pimento cheese, egg salad and tuna salad sandwiches are still on the menu -- "We are still using the exact same recipes mom did," Heather said -- but now there also are wraps, chicken tenders and lasagna. A choice from the dessert case is included with the purchase of sandwiches, plates and daily specials.

There's also a new kid's menu.

And The Bread Lady now takes orders online and through their new app (Text BREADLDY to 33733).

The business began with Elaine's passion for making homemade bread, which she often gave away to friends. Soon she was getting orders from friends of friends, so "the bread lady" began selling and delivering the bread to customers at their workplaces. As her client list grew, she rented a commercial kitchen and expanded her operation, selling 1,000 loaves a month. She opened The Bread Lady in 2002, moving to larger location at 912 Moye Blvd. a dozen years later.

Hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Call 413-0024.

Jane Welborn Hudson, a native of Greenville, wrote The Daily Reflector's Hot Dish restaurant column for 12 years and the Greensboro News & Record's Short Orders restaurant column for 8 years.

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Photos from The Bread Lady Facebook page