Servicing Medora through convenience

Servicing Medora through convenience

MEDORA (Sept. 7, 2017) – The modern automobile has evolved so much in the last 100 years. It’s only right that the modern gas station should have evolved with it. This is something that Buck’s Crossing in Medora seems to have taken to heart. It might look like a gas station, but Medora residents know that isn’t the case. Buck’s Crossing is a convenience store, drive-thru, beverage vendor and a bakery with a full kitchen.

Buck’s Crossing is located at 10904  Route 111. Their hours are 5 a.m to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, and 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

The convenience store opened its Medora location in February 2015 after owners Ken and Julie Loy noticed a need in the town. “We used to lease a store across the road,” said K. Loy. “The store didn’t have enough square footage. There wasn’t enough space to serve the needs of the area. It also had no hot food.” When the building across the street from the old store became available, the Loys purchased it and began renovations.

The organization aims to continually improve. Recently, they added diesel pumps and are working on plans to build a fueling facility on the south side of the building that could be used by semi trucks and for large agricultural equipment.

“We have drive-thru window and an expanded food menu. We have really tried to make our building a restaurant, grocery store and an entertainment center all in one,” said K. Loy. “Our drive-thru window is especially popular with young mothers. It allows them to stop and get something without having to unload all the kids.” Buck’s Crossing can be contacted at (618) 729-9999 and is on Facebook under “Buck’s Crossing – Medora”.

Ginger Bean Bakery

Because Medora has no restaurants within 12 miles, Buck’s Crossing has tried to provide a valid eating option. Buck’s Crossing houses Ginger Bean Bakery — a small but attractive bakery that could be a restaurant in itself.

Ginger Bean Bakery has been with Buck’s Crossing from the beginning as owner Ginger Bailey explained. “I’ve been active since Feb. 2014, and I was doing cakes for friends or parties or whatever…  I had always wanted to open a shop to sell baked goods out of… I heard that the Loys bought this building and wanted to open a pizza place… I contacted them and they were very interested in adding a bakery on as a part of the convenience store,” she said.

Cinnamon rolls and cupcakes are what the bakery is known for, but they also create baked goods for weddings and other special events. “We have two sides to the business,” said Bailey. “The first is what you see here: we do cupcakes, cookies and all of that from scratch, freshly baked every day… The other side is for pre-order and special occasions. We do weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, any kind of special occasions.” The bakery does small orders for several people but can also fill orders for larger events with hundreds of people.

Ginger Bean Bakery can be contacted for orders at the Buck’s Crossing phone number, or they can be called at (618) 535-2737. Alternatively, they can also be emailed at gingerbeanbakery@gmail.com.

Buck’s Crossing in Medora also houses Ginger Bean Bakery in its location. Pictured from left to right are Ginger Bean Bakery owner Ginger Bailey and Buck’s Crossing owners Julie and Ken Loy.