Biloxi bakery celebrates 90 years

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BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - A popular Gulf Coast bakery is celebrating 90 years in business.

The Electrik Maid Bake Shop first opened its doors on Howard Avenue in downtown Biloxi in 1924.

The family-owned shop been passed down for four generations. Nona Balius, mother of the current owner still works at the Electrik Maid. She tells WLOX TV (http://bit.ly/PglJCj) that the key to a successful nine-decade run was not worrying about keeping up with changing trends.

Balius said her father-in-law passed a bit of philosophy down, along with the family business.

“My father-in-law always said, if you please your customers and put good, quality, food out, they’ll always come back,” said Balius.

The family tradition is alive on the other customers’ side of the counter as well.

Julie Capuano told WLOX she has been bringing her family to the shop for as long as she can remember. Now, when her grown daughters come home for Easter weekend, the family returns for treats from the venerable Gulf Coast shop.

“It’s always been good. It doesn’t seem to have changed at all,” said Julie Capuano.

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Information from: WLOX-TV, http://www.wlox.com

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