A small convenience store located just across the Wayne County line in Westmoreland has given some sweetness back into the community. Camden Corner offers a surprisingly large variety of food, including an in-house deli, fried chicken and a bakery. It's quickly developed a reputation for its fresh baked donuts. Customers looking for a full assortment of sweets should stop in early to check out their rotating assortment of doughnuts, cinnamon rolls, "long johns," cookies and other baked goods.
"We bought it in July of last year and spent three and a half months working on the building," owner Rick Stiltner said. "Then we opened in October. It was a vacant building. We had to start from scratch to completely remodel and update the building. We had to put a new roof on it and put new floors down. We needed new equipment, shelving, windows and glass.
"The biggest challenge was getting new electrical wiring in. I bought kitchen equipment off of eBay. I traveled to Cincinnati, Beckley and several different places."
Rick co-owns the Camden Corner with his wife Jennifer Stiltner.
Rick Stiltner, who worked in the grocery business 25 to 30 years ago, said he retired as the postmaster of Huntington to start Camden Corner.
"I always thought this would be a good location. After the Shoppers Value around the corner closed, I thought it would be a better location. So I cashed in my retirement and threw in all of my chips," Rick Stiltner explained.
Starting out, some complications arose.
"We thought doughnuts would be a good item for the location, but we didn't have any idea that it would be as big as it was," he said. "We wouldn't keep up with the doughnut sales. The second day we were open, we made 60 dozen doughnuts and sold out in an hour and six minutes."
If you're looking for a quick lunch, Camden Corner officers sandwiches with a combination of meat including Cavalier Bolonga, Hormel Ham or Roast Beef and cheese for $3.50; add chips and a drink for $5. There's also hot dogs priced at $1.39 and barbecues under $3.
Camden rounds out their sweetness with homemade fried chicken. You can take home a snack box with two pieces, a side and a roll. These range from $3.69 for two dark pieces and $4.29 for two white pieces. A snack box with chicken tenders for under $4 is available. There are also three piece meals ranging in price upwards in price to $6. You can also take home eight pieces of chicken for $9.99 or a chicken dinner with eight pieces for $13.99, including a pound of cole slaw and 16 potato wedges. Other sides offered include mashed potatoes, green beans, potato salad and pasta salad.
"We use the Charley Bigg's breading mix for our chicken, which I think is the best around," Rick Stiltner said.
For breakfast, snack or dessert there are fresh-made doughnuts. You can buy them individually for 99 cents, half a dozen for $4.99 or a full dozen for $8.99.
"We have 25 to 30 different doughnuts," he said. "We can also make custom sheet cakes and round cakes for birthdays and other special occasions," Rick Stiltner said.
Camden Corner is located at 3002 Piedmont Road across from Holiday Pools. It is open from 6:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Cash and all major credit cards are accepted. For carry-out orders or more information, call 304-486-1292. You can follow the business on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Camden-Corner.
NAME: Camden Corner
TYPE OF FOOD: Deli, fried chicken, bakery
ADDRESS: 3002 Piedmont Road, Huntington
HOURS: 6:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday
PAYMENTS: Cash and credit