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Humble House gift shop growing in popularity

Jan. 01, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- A gift store is quickly developing a reputation as one of the best places in town to find pies, cakes and other baked goods.

The shop also features Amish cheeses, soup mixes and candy from Beckley's Sweeteez candy company. The Humble House was opened by Travis and Kay Welch in October of 2013. The store also features a wide variety of consignment arts and crafts.

"It all started with a pie," Kay Welch said. "We loved going up to Amish Country and thought about bringing Amish here. If you watch out here it's like the Pocono raceway, you have to have something to entice people to come to your shop. We felt if we had the baked goods it would entice people to come into our shop. I was in the field of real estate before we opened this for nine years. When we first started we prayed about it, and being in real estate I knew that location was everything. This was a car lot, and I found out it became available. There were two other buildings we looked at, but they just didn't have the same feel to it. We didn't know if this would work. It was a leap of faith. When I went into this I was diagnosed with an illness, so we contemplated if I could do this or not. The name Humble House comes from that we're humble."

The shop has been successful so far, and response to the baked goods before the Christmas holiday exceeded the Welch's expectations.

"We had deliveries on Monday and Tuesday last week before the holidays," she said. "We actually had cars lined up to get in here on Christmas Eve. We could have tripled our order. It was a blessing, and we're very thankful for what the business has done already.

"We have deliveries from several different Mennonite suppliers who come to us on Thursday and Friday," she added. "We have two different Amish communities that supply for us. One is in Patriot, Ohio the name of their business is Sugar and Spice. They make cream pies, cookies, cinnamon rolls, pumpkin rolls, tea logs and pumpkin bread. They make deliveries on Thursdays. The other supplier represents four or five different bakeries which supplies us with our cream horns, brownies, breads, fried pies, yeast rolls and cinnamon twists. We also have little loafs of breads including banana bread, blueberry, blackberry and orange cranberry bread. They make deliveries on Friday. We also carry Amish canned goods, butter, eggs, popcorn and summer sausage."

Welch said they try to keep mostly the same variety of items.

"For instance we have seasonal items like fruitcakes, pumpkin pies and pumpkin rolls," she said. "We added pumpkin cookies from Kaufmen's and they still seem to be selling very good. We always add a few things here and there."

The Humble House is located at 5267 U.S. 60 East in Huntington. It is open from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays.

Hours are subject to change depending on the season. Cash, check and most major credit/debit cards are accepted. For special orders and more information call 304-736-5001.

Humble House

Type of food: Pies, cakes and other baked goods

Address: 5267 U.S. 60 East, Huntington

Phone number: 304-736-5001

Payments accepted: Cash, check and most major credit cards

Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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