2014-02-05 / Front Page


Pineland Bakery named Business of the Year
By Anne Marie Kyzer

It’s become almost as iconic for Burke County as the bird dogs.

A must-stop for visitors and a morning ritual for many locals, Pineland Bakery has become one of the longest running, most successful businesses in Burke County.

That reputation and the hard working Martin family that built it were honored last week as Pineland was named Burke County’s Business of the Year at the Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner meeting.

The West Sixth Street bakery, which was started by Lewis and Elaine Martin and James Landis in 1978, has evolved from its beginning as a market place for locally produced dairy products and baked goods to a full-fledged retail bakery, serving up fresh baked pastries, cakes and cookies five days a week.

“This local business is as much a landmark as it is a storefront. And if you walk into their establishment, it’s quite obvious they know who the best bread maker of all is,” Dick Byne, of Byne Blueberry Farms, said as he presented the award to the Martin family. “And they are proud to hang His picture on the wall.”

Byne praised their contributions to the community, such as their support of the chamber,

Wimberly House Ministries and the Boss Hog Cook-off.

Lewis and Elaine Martin, as well as their son Curtis and his wife Katina accepted the award as hundreds applauded for them.

“We appreciate all of your patronage,” Curtis said. “On the front of our counter, there’s a sign that says ‘thank you.’ In our fast-paced society, we fail to say thank you enough. Tonight, we say ‘thank you’.”

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