The latest stop on the Restaurant Road Trip isn't a restaurant at all, but it has food that will remind you of your grandmother's cooking.
Bruce's General Store is not hard to find. It's really the only store you can stop at between Buckhannon, Philippi, and Clarksburg. Bruce Bennett spent 26 years in law enforcement as a state police trooper. After that he was looking for a change.
"And sometime I had about 15 years in, and I knew I couldn't spend my whole life being a policeman, and I always wanted to go in business for myself," said Bruce Bennett, owner
After moving back home, Bennett opened the store in 1999 and has remained in business for 15 years. Bennett said his prices stay competitive with the Wal-Mart's and Dollar Stores.
"You have to carry everything. When you're a country store you have to carry tools, canning jars, you have to carry it all. We try and give them friendly service, take care of customers. Alot of people order special stuff they can't find anywhere else. To compete in today's world you have to a niche. You have to be a niche store, and that's where Jackie's cooking comes in," Bennett said.
Jackie is Bruce's wife. Most often you'll find her in the back baking and making food to sell. Everything from homemade pepperoni rolls and pies to potato salad and pimento spread. No bake cookies to homemade hotdog chili.
"When I was a little girl, I was raised on dairy farm, and I would have my dad get me up at 3:00, when he got up at 3 in the morning to make cookies. I've always loved to make cookies, pies, and bread and bake. It's a talent, I think that God gave me, and I need to use it," said Jackie Bennett.
Bennett said if someone has something in mind, they'll try their best to make it for them.
"People like homemade food. It doesn't have any preservatives in it, and it tastes good. It's not like what grandma use to make, but what great-grandma use to make," Bennett said.
Bruce's Store is located off Route 20 in Hodgesville. It is open Monday through Saturdays 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.