CloverTop Bakery were is it?
kim

Rochester, MI

#25 Aug 27, 2008
Terry Shelby RIP wrote:
<quoted text>Hugh? Are we all on the same page??...Clover Top ROCKED!! Remember walking over on main street, before school and grabbin a hot doughnut before class in middle school?? Then they moved it to the shopping Center?...I think they did beter on main street...JUST MY OPINION!...Could be wrong but they went out of business not to long after..Soooo sad!! They had the best doughnuts AROUND!...When they were fresh...Put Crispy Cream to SHAME!!
Acutally, the business was wonderful in the shopping center. Moving from Main St no effect on the business. Also, it was over 15 yrs since we moved before we closed, again DUE TO HEALTH REASONS!
Clover Top Bakery

London, KY

#26 Aug 27, 2008
clover top family member wrote:
First, I just want to say that the donuts were made fresh everyday. They were in there early every morning early, usually before daylight, frying the donuts.
Second, the bakery closed because my uncle has very bad heart problems and could no longer run it.
The bakery moved from Main St to the shopping center in 1985. It closed in 2002. So that's a pretty good length of time there before closing, Terry Shelby RIP.
Sooooo sorry!! YOUR FAMILY AND "CLOVER TOP" ROCKED!!!...NEED TO BRING IT BACK!! YA---YA---WA---HOOOOooooooo!!! :-}
Terry Shelby RIP

London, KY

#27 Aug 27, 2008
clover top family member wrote:
First, I just want to say that the donuts were made fresh everyday. They were in there early every morning early, usually before daylight, frying the donuts.
Second, the bakery closed because my uncle has very bad heart problems and could no longer run it.
The bakery moved from Main St to the shopping center in 1985. It closed in 2002. So that's a pretty good length of time there before closing, Terry Shelby RIP.
CLOVER TOP ROCKED!! Need to bring em back!!
clovertopbakeryl over

Somerset, KY

#28 Aug 27, 2008
i agree the bakery was the best in the tri-counties. they didnt go out of business for lack of business. mike had open heart surgery like kim said then couldnt get well for along time.
about the awful wedding cake...everybody has an off day once in awhile. and i prommise you didnt pay the price for it that you would have in say lexington or any where else.
Mike's girls worked there along with his wife and it took a toll on all of them.
Those big old bowls they used for mixing everything weighed a good 50 to 100 pounds empty then put donut dough or cake batter in them and your talking well over 200 pounds.
Dont think for a minute that the quality of the products would have been the same if made by machines or bought frozen and made there...no way!
99% of the products sold there were made by hand.
thanks Mike, Jody, Cindy, Kim and Shanda and FREDA ALSIP for giving us the best products ever for so many years! We miss you and the bakery!
Love CloverTop

Frankfort, KY

#29 Aug 27, 2008
CloverTop PLEASE COME BACK...Will there ever be a chance of coming back?
corbinlifer

Somerset, KY

#30 Aug 28, 2008
the chances of cloer top bakery ever coming back are slim to none. you'd have a better chance at winning the lottery!
clovertop come back

Middlesboro, KY

#31 Aug 28, 2008
Need to sell clovertop and try to bring it back....I want some donuts!
HulaHoop

Louisville, KY

#32 Aug 28, 2008
Is "Terry Shelby RIP" a reference to Terry Shelby that fell off the water tower? If so, I knew his daughters when I was kid. Their grandmother used to babysit for me.
yeah okay

United States

#33 Aug 28, 2008
i looooooooooooooooooved clovertop. i havent had a decent donut since they closed :-(
terry shelby

Manchester, KY

#34 Aug 28, 2008
HulaHoop wrote:
Is "Terry Shelby RIP" a reference to Terry Shelby that fell off the water tower? If so, I knew his daughters when I was kid. Their grandmother used to babysit for me.
YEP
Crimson and Clover Top

Richmond, KY

#35 Aug 29, 2008
Clovertop was never the same after old man Alsip was gone. The donuts got smaller and smaller and prices higher and higher. Like the Root Queer Stand , the quality of the product went down with time too. But back in the 50's 60's, and early 70's, Clovertop donuts were as good as any.

Since: Jul 08

Somerset, KY

#36 Aug 29, 2008
when i was little i use to go their and get cookies.
Crimson and Clover Top

Richmond, KY

#37 Aug 29, 2008
I see the Alsip family(at least seven of them...lol) rated my previous post as expected. But the fact remains, after talking to literally hundreds of fellow COrbinites, the vast majority agreed that after the old man left the business for the son to run, he did just that, ran it...into the ground. Did you people not notice how the donut size and the price had an inverse variation type of relationship. The donuts continually decreased in diameter while the price increased. Those round caramel swirls that I liked from childhood were reduced to the size of a silver dollar from the initial size of about a five or six inch diameter. While the donuts were still okay taste wise, they were no where near the quality when the old man ran the place. By the time CT moved out to Trademark, it had lost a lot of its appeal to many Corbinites, and with the cost associated with the new storefront and the inevitable rise in price of the donuts, it was only a matter of time before CT bit the dust. Lord knows,even with health problems, there were several dozen family members who could have carried on the flailing business, but it was no longer economically viable to do so.Places like Walmart and KK have all but done in the small mom and pop businesses like Clovertop... sad but true. Clovertop was a big part(and a very good part) of Corbin's history in the 50's,'60's, and '70's, but it ran its course and the times dictated that Clovertop be laid to rest, along with its cholesterol and trans fat-filled product. I will always have some very fond memories from childhood about the place. I wish the best to the Clovertop family. I do wonder why someone never purchased the business and tried to revive it to its glorious past. Was there ever an attempt or did the Alsips not want to sell?
old man alsips kid

Somerset, KY

#38 Aug 29, 2008
Crimson and Clover Top wrote:
Clovertop was never the same after old man Alsip was gone. The donuts got smaller and smaller and prices higher and higher. Like the Root Queer Stand , the quality of the product went down with time too. But back in the 50's 60's, and early 70's, Clovertop donuts were as good as any.
the donuts were all the small size through out the years your mouth just got bigger and bigger and bigger. the same cutter was used from the day my dad bought the bakery til the day my brother shut it down!
old man alsips kid

Somerset, KY

#39 Aug 29, 2008
Crimson and Clover Top wrote:
I see the Alsip family(at least seven of them...lol) rated my previous post as expected. But the fact remains, after talking to literally hundreds of fellow COrbinites, the vast majority agreed that after the old man left the business for the son to run, he did just that, ran it...into the ground. Did you people not notice how the donut size and the price had an inverse variation type of relationship. The donuts continually decreased in diameter while the price increased. Those round caramel swirls that I liked from childhood were reduced to the size of a silver dollar from the initial size of about a five or six inch diameter. While the donuts were still okay taste wise, they were no where near the quality when the old man ran the place. By the time CT moved out to Trademark, it had lost a lot of its appeal to many Corbinites, and with the cost associated with the new storefront and the inevitable rise in price of the donuts, it was only a matter of time before CT bit the dust. Lord knows,even with health problems, there were several dozen family members who could have carried on the flailing business, but it was no longer economically viable to do so.Places like Walmart and KK have all but done in the small mom and pop businesses like Clovertop... sad but true. Clovertop was a big part(and a very good part) of Corbin's history in the 50's,'60's, and '70's, but it ran its course and the times dictated that Clovertop be laid to rest, along with its cholesterol and trans fat-filled product. I will always have some very fond memories from childhood about the place. I wish the best to the Clovertop family. I do wonder why someone never purchased the business and tried to revive it to its glorious past. Was there ever an attempt or did the Alsips not want to sell?
none of us wanted to carry on the bakery business...the business was never for sell to outsiders or anyone else. the business was doing great when we shut down. but no matter what i say you will still say what u think u know (which is absolutely nothing when it comes to MY family or OUR bakery). sounds to me like that you are and were jealous because of our success in business.
you can bet your bottom top that the recipes will go to the grave with all of us.
take it from some one that knows the facts.
Dough Nut Hole in Head

Richmond, KY

#40 Aug 29, 2008
old man alsips kid wrote:
<quoted text>
the donuts were all the small size through out the years your mouth just got bigger and bigger and bigger. the same cutter was used from the day my dad bought the bakery til the day my brother shut it down!
Absolutely ludicrous and a boldface untruth. My dad and sister was talking just the other day how small the caramel swirls became in the last few years.Greed will do in even the best of businesses. The Root Queer Stand will be next.
just wondering

Rochester, MI

#41 Aug 29, 2008
Ok, let me ask you this... why didn't anyone complain about things getting smaller? Did u expect the prices to stay the same from the 50's to into the 2000? Hell, even gas prices haven't stayed the same.

Just so u know, things didn't get smaller. I agree with old man alsip's kid.

Do u want to work form 5 am to 9 pm six days a week?
CHS Alumni

Corbin, KY

#42 Aug 29, 2008
If you are wanting donuts be patient. A dounut store is about to open on main street in a week or so. It is in the old Jack's market on the corner of 6th and main. They will be made fresh everyday. The recipe is great!
Happy Democrat

Richmond, KY

#43 Aug 29, 2008
Sounds good. Nothing is irreplacable, including Clovertop. And the Crimson and Clover person is right, the donuts at Clovertop were smaller and not quite as good as they were when they were located on Main St. It was time for that bakery to go. The donuts, the atmoshere and the business itself all became stale.
old man alsips kid

Somerset, KY

#44 Aug 29, 2008
happy democrat...ur moniker tells it all..enough said.

glad to hear that another bakery is opening up in corbin. i wish them luck and much success. we had over 50 yrs of it.

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