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February 24, 2011

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Happy Morning! Happy almost-weekend!

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My tardiness to blogging is attributed to managing our finances. Boy do I love Excel and Mint! I could spend hours making up formulas and crafting my own “reports.” Ha. A good problem to have, methinks!

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Matt made the oatmeal this morning – it was fab.

The Mix

  • 1/3 cup oats, milk, water
  • Half banana
  • 1 tbsp ground flax (He always chooses flax over chia – I thought flax made it too gummy and chias very creamy, but today’s bowl was surprisingly creamy)
  • Hemp Plus granola
  • TJ’s Sunflower Butter
  • Chia seeds on top!

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I finished our Great Harvest Cville website!! Check it out! But please don’t crash the servers :) But do let me know if you see any typos or errors! I had a template to work with, but spent all of yesterday customizing it with our own personal touches. It was a long day!

I’ve got some out-of-the-house errands to run all day today, and some quick writing to do.

Have a great one!

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1 Ann @ Day by Day February 24, 2011 at 9:26 am

Haha I love the warning- “Please don’t crash our servers.” Can’t wait to check it out! I have a test on Excel today (accounting major) and I really wish I loved it like you do…

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2 Christina February 24, 2011 at 9:29 am

The website looks great! Found one type – http://www.greatharvestcville.com/aboutus.html “residency”

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3 Christina February 24, 2011 at 9:29 am

IRONY. meant to write “typo”. LOL.

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4 KathEats February 24, 2011 at 9:32 am

haha – thanks! fixing it!

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5 Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin February 24, 2011 at 9:31 am

I looooove mint.com too!

The new site looks great, Kath!

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6 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat February 24, 2011 at 9:32 am

Oooh going to check out the website now! I love what Mint has to offer but unfortunately it’s not linked to Canadian banks as far as I know. :( Sounds like you had a highly productive day yesterday!

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7 Melissa February 24, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Angela, you’ll be happy to know that Mint now has a Canadian version and works with most banks. Love that I can finally use it.

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8 Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete February 24, 2011 at 9:33 am

I’ll check out your site soon — how exciting!

Mint is so much fun — we just recently started using it and I also could spend hours on there.

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9 Ashley (The Vegetable Life) February 24, 2011 at 9:33 am

I love the website!!!

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10 Gretchen @ Honey, I Shrunk the Gretchen! February 24, 2011 at 9:36 am

The website looks awesome, Kath! I can’t wait to stop by the place the next time I’m down in Cville. :)

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11 Tiff February 24, 2011 at 9:37 am

Your website looks great! Good luck with the new store!

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12 Amanda (The Nutritionist Reviews) February 24, 2011 at 9:38 am

I’m starting to love chia seeds thanks to you!

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13 stepf February 24, 2011 at 9:38 am

Site looks great!

Grammar nerd alert! This sentence is awkward:
When it was time for Matt and Kath to choose a city in which to move their home and start a business, Charlottesville quickly moved to the top of the list.

Maybe change to: When it was time to choose a city to call home for themselves and their business, Charlottesville quickly moved to the top of the list.

Also, you need a comma after your blog name here: Kath, a Registered Dietitian, writes a food blog at KathEats.com, where

http://www.greatharvestcville.com/aboutus.html

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14 KathEats February 24, 2011 at 9:40 am

On it! Thanks!

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15 cathyb@brightbakes February 24, 2011 at 9:38 am

that oatmeal looks incredibly fluffy! I’m guessing that practice makes perfect!?! ;)
cathy b

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16 Hannah February 24, 2011 at 9:40 am

Awesome website! Wish I lived close so I could visit! On the Nutrition page:
“We’ve even done lots of blind taste tests just to prove what we’ve know(N) intuitively all along!”

Gotta add that “n” to know(n). Great work! Love your blog.

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17 KathEats February 24, 2011 at 9:42 am

Thanks!

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18 Blog is the New Black February 24, 2011 at 9:40 am

Website looks great!

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19 Mrs A February 24, 2011 at 9:42 am

website looks great! i cant wait to come by for lunch!!

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20 Alaina February 24, 2011 at 9:43 am

What a great site! Your store is going to be so popular. ;-)

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21 Alex from Thoughts of a Working Housewife February 24, 2011 at 9:44 am

LOVE the website…looks like all your hard work is paying off. Wish I lived closer so I can enjoy the see of all your labor! I would LOVE some GH bread this morning :)

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22 Alex from Thoughts of a Working Housewife February 24, 2011 at 9:46 am

“see” –> “seed”

Ha! These ironic typos are getting ridiculous!

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23 megan @ blackberries for jam February 24, 2011 at 9:46 am

I couldn’t imagine tackling finances in the morning before breakfast! Hopefully you got some food in your belly first! Love the website!

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24 Lauren at Keep It Sweet February 24, 2011 at 9:46 am

Going to check out your new website:-)

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25 Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me February 24, 2011 at 9:47 am

That bread looks scrumptious.

I wish my bank account went through MINT. For some reason Citizens Bank just doesn’t work for me! So frustrating!

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26 Marisa @ Loser for Life February 24, 2011 at 9:47 am

It looks great, Kath! You’ve got mad computer skillz, lady!!

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27 kathleen February 24, 2011 at 9:47 am

hi kath! was on my way home from an early morning doctor’s appt and picked up a fresh out of the oven morning glory muffin at GH! man, that thing was as big as my head… but OH so delicious!!!

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28 KathEats February 24, 2011 at 10:01 am

I love those!

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29 Justin February 24, 2011 at 9:48 am

The website looks great, Kath! We’re so excited for you, but we miss you guys!

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30 KathEats February 24, 2011 at 10:00 am
31 Casey February 24, 2011 at 9:48 am

Hey Kath! The Website looks great! Just a suggestion–since your last names are different, maybe in the “About Me” section you could mention you’re a married couple? I think it’s fun that you two do everything together, and it’s so cute that you share a passion for Great Harvest, exercising, etc–I think people might not realize you’re a young couple running the store together from what it says now, and I just think it’s interesting and so cute. Other people would probably think so too! Just a thought :)

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32 KathEats February 24, 2011 at 10:00 am

Hmmm. I thought about saying that but I thought it sounded redundant. You don’t think so? Where would you put it?

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33 Megan February 24, 2011 at 10:01 am

I was going to say the same thing; good thing I read the comments first! I think it’s endearing and fun to mention that you’re married as well as co-owners!

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34 KathEats February 24, 2011 at 10:10 am

I changed it to this: “Matt Monson and Kath Younger are a husband and wife team with an enthusiasm for delicious breads made from real food.”

Better!?

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35 Casey February 24, 2011 at 10:46 am

How bout this? I’m a writer/editor so I could do this all day long. LOL.

“Matt Monson and Kath Younger are a husband and wife team with a real enthusiasm for delicious breads made with simple, whole ingredients and living a healthy lifestyle.”

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36 Tracey February 24, 2011 at 11:04 am

I think that is perfect, Kath. Especially since you used the words “real food”. :)

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37 Katy (The Singing Runner) February 24, 2011 at 9:49 am

The website looks fantastic! :) Great job! Have a great day!

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38 C. February 24, 2011 at 9:53 am

The site looks AMAZING, Kath!! Congratulations! I’m trying to train my editing eye as practice for my medical transcription certification, and I did notice just one little missing comma in the last sentence of the first paragraph under the “Nutrition” heading. I personally would also edit the area you put in parenthesis to read as follows:

“Studies show that the fresher foods are (such as milled grains, vegetables, and fruits) ((((,)))) the better they are nutritionally.”

You’re an amazing writer and the corrections are negligable. I wanted to let you know mostly that I think the site looks great and we wish you all the luck in the world!! (Even if we are a little bitter you didn’t chose Savannah!) ;0)

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39 KathEats February 24, 2011 at 10:04 am

Got it!

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40 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn February 24, 2011 at 9:53 am

I love the new site!! Slash Hemp Plus sounds like my kind of thing, I love hemp seeds!

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41 Sophie February 24, 2011 at 9:54 am

Love the site! So cute. I doesn’t hurt one bit that you’re great at photography too.

The one thing that stuck out at me is in your meta data, the title at the top says “Great Harvest Bread Company1.” It works for now, but you may want to change that to “Great Harvest Cville” or something else so when people look at the top or press the back button (and see a list of former pages), they won’t see that title. Looks like that’s the title for all pages and I don’t know how your website back end is set up, but rename the pages, so that when people want to go back they know which page they are actually looking for (i.e. the page for Sandwiches says “Great Harvest Cville – Sandwiches” instead of “Great Harvest Bread Company1″)?

I hope this makes sense! I run a website for my company and I have to deal with this kind of stuff all the time! ;-)

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42 KathEats February 24, 2011 at 10:07 am

Hmmm. I see what you mean and I see where the pages are labeled. I just changed them all to “Great Harvest Charlottesville.” Hoping that’s what you meant? I guess good for SEO too!

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43 Phil Michaelson February 24, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Website is looking great! You’re such a good writer and photo editor.

For SEO, you might want to a step further. For example, trying to capture anyone searching for “charlottesville bakery”.
* Could change title to “Great Harvest Charlottesville: Your Fresh Bread, Sandwich and Sweet Bakery”.
* Could also add a meta description to help the search result look nice, including text like “Great Harvest handcrafts bread daily using only real pure and simple ingredients …”

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44 KathEats February 24, 2011 at 4:18 pm

Can the title be that long!?

Also, where do you add a meta description? I’ll have to dig around for that..

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45 Phil Michaelson February 24, 2011 at 6:59 pm

Great question. Had to look it up. I often rely on SEOmoz for SEO advice. They say 70 characters is max for a title tag, otherwise in search results there will be an ellipse. So, cut it down to “Great Harvest Charlottesville: A Fresh Bread, Sandwich and Sweet Bakery” and you’re good to go :) http://www.seomoz.org/learn-seo/title-tag

a meta description goes in the section, along with the title tag. more tips on writing that here: http://www.seomoz.org/learn-seo/meta-description

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46 Phil Michaelson February 24, 2011 at 7:00 pm

funny….it took out my \< symbol. meta description goes in the head section.

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47 KathEats February 24, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Thanks :) I’ll see if I have the ability to change that in the template

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48 Heather February 24, 2011 at 9:55 am

I love your dishtowel – it matches the bowl so nicely!

Enjoy your errands – hopefully you have a great day!

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49 Lauren Grier (Grier Mountain) February 24, 2011 at 9:55 am

Hi Kath! The website is looking good!

One minor change. I would move your social icons to the top right of your website instead of having them in the middle. It just looks funky to have them right smack in the middle. Also, I would brighten the color.

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50 KathEats February 24, 2011 at 10:08 am

Think I’m going to keep those as it…thanks though

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51 Nicole (I have trouble with forward motion) February 24, 2011 at 9:56 am

Your site puts the local ones in my area to shame with your personalization and great photos- but maybe I’m biased because I follow your blog and they don’t have one? ;P

The name of the site appears as “Great Harvest Bread Company1″ in the tab plus in the title bar. Company1 seems odd, but maybe it’s just a place holder?

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52 KathEats February 24, 2011 at 10:08 am

Fixed per Sophie’s comment – and yours – thanks!

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53 stacey-healthylife February 24, 2011 at 9:57 am

Ya for your website. I’m going to check it out. Congrats. Things seem to be moving right along.

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54 Megan February 24, 2011 at 9:58 am

Just discovered your blog, I really love it. Great work on the Great Harvest website – it looks great! It’s got to be so exciting to have the bakery opening so nearby… congrats!

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55 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg February 24, 2011 at 9:59 am

How exciting!!! I’m going to wait a bit to check it out– I don’t want it to crash on your first day!

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56 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats February 24, 2011 at 9:59 am

The site looks great :)

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57 Marie February 24, 2011 at 10:03 am

Kind of a random question, but what do you drink in your coffee? It always looks so dark… perhaps a splash of milk or soy milk? I just love my cream so much in the mornings, I wonder if I could try a healthier option.

PS. Love your site. It’s definitely inspiring me to try oatmeal, that’s for sure!

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58 KathEats February 24, 2011 at 10:09 am

Just a splash of 1% milk

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59 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) February 24, 2011 at 10:16 am

I will check it out later…I am guessing many people will be going to it now! Breakfast looks perfect. Enjoy your day Kath!

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60 Christie {Nourishing Eats} February 24, 2011 at 10:16 am

I’ve been trying to create spreadsheets for my business accounting to organize for my accountant and needless to say it has been interesting. Good luck with yours!

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61 Rachel @ The Avid Appetite February 24, 2011 at 10:31 am

I am a total Excel geek! I’ve become known as ‘chart girl’ at work.

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62 Camille February 24, 2011 at 10:33 am

Haha, great warning :)
I love the site! It looks so clean and professional yet still fun :)

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63 MARY SCHAPEROW February 24, 2011 at 10:36 am

Hi Kath!
Website looks great! I noticed in the “About You” section….Matt’s dad going to UVA….the A needs to be in CAPS too! It’s not!

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64 KathEats February 24, 2011 at 11:56 am

i think they write is UVa around here! I would prefer UVA too – but I wanted to be correct. Am I wrong?

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65 Christina February 24, 2011 at 1:13 pm

my UVA sweatshirt capitalizes the A :) I have no idea why though, it makes less sense!

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66 Beth @ DiningAndDishing February 24, 2011 at 10:39 am

The site is looking great Kath!! So exciting to see all your plans coming together. I think you guys will do great! :)

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67 Little Bookworm February 24, 2011 at 10:40 am

Fantastic website Kath – it looks brilliant! :) Great Havest sounds amazing, it is a shame they are not in the UK.

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68 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table February 24, 2011 at 10:47 am

Brilliant idea tapping into the community proofreading skills!

That Whole Wheat Cinnamon Chip Scuffin sounds amazing. And I love that you guys have a community events page!

Congrats again and best of luck!!!

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69 Paige(Running Around Normal) February 24, 2011 at 10:48 am

Great job on the website!! Such a talented lady :)

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70 Krissy - Shiawase Life February 24, 2011 at 10:52 am

Wow! I was too excited about bread to look for any typos or anything – just so hungry now! We’re headed up to DC for the weekend so we might swing by Warrenton just for a GH teaser! I can’t wait til your opening!!! =D

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71 Elisabeth February 24, 2011 at 10:53 am

The site looks great, Kath! Congratulations to you & Matt :)

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72 Mom February 24, 2011 at 10:54 am

Love the edits!

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73 Hope February 24, 2011 at 11:09 am

I love the site! It looks great!! :)

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74 Sarah (Sarah Learns) February 24, 2011 at 11:09 am

the site looks awesome! i love your twitter, facebook, and email buttons. :)

also, i had moose drool at a bar last night (they had it on tap!) and i thought of you and matt.

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75 KathEats February 24, 2011 at 11:56 am

Mmmmmm drooool

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76 Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day February 24, 2011 at 11:19 am

Site looks great!

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77 Annette @ enjoyyourhealthylife February 24, 2011 at 11:21 am

That is so great of your husband to make you breakfast :) Gonna go check out the website! Have a good one yourself!

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78 Susan (Oliepants) February 24, 2011 at 11:21 am

The website looks fantastic!!! Great job!

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79 Emily @ One Sweet Vegan February 24, 2011 at 11:23 am

Love the website! I’m so excited for you and Matt. :-)

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80 Jess @ atasteofconfidence February 24, 2011 at 11:24 am

website looks great!

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81 Shannon @ A Better Me February 24, 2011 at 11:28 am

Oats look yummy today! Have an awesome day! :D

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82 Justeen @ Blissful Baking February 24, 2011 at 11:28 am

My mom always chooses flax over chia too! I love both, so I switch it up, depending on my mood!

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83 Erin @ Big Girl Feats February 24, 2011 at 11:42 am

I thought of you, Kath, after reading this article by Mark Bittman in the NYTimes!
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/22/how-to-make-oatmeal-wrong/?src=me&ref=general

Pretty interesting. And they just opened up the first Great Harvest in RI – I want to try it!

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84 V.jasmine February 24, 2011 at 11:44 am

Your website looks good. Thanks for sharing.

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85 Carolyn @ lovinlosing February 24, 2011 at 11:50 am

The site looks great!! If I ever make it out to Charlottesville, I’ll make sure to stop by! :)

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86 Kayla February 24, 2011 at 11:52 am

Kath!

I suggest thinking about offering a gluten-free bread option for your new Great Harvest location because at the Great Harvest in my town, they offer gluten-free bread every Wednesday as one of the specials, and boy does it sell! Being gluten-free myself, it really gives me a place that I can count on every week to get fresh, local bread from and helps me support local businesses when I might not be able to most of the time for businesses that don’t have these options.

They usually bake about 8-9 loaves of the Gluten-Free bread each Wednesday (I asked them) and they start selling it around 12pm. I have actually started calling in each Wednesday around 11 am to set aside a loaf for when I get out of work to pick up, because it sells out!

Just a suggestion, but I’m sure with the growing population of gluten-intolerances, celiacs and people looking for alternatives to white and wheat flour, that this option would satisfy a lot of people and give you an edge over those freezer bagels and breads we sometimes have buy if we want local gluten-free goods.

:)

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87 KathEats February 24, 2011 at 11:59 am

Hey Kayla,

We’ve given lots of though to GF bread. We wouldn’t want to make it to keep up with the trend that gluten is bad – so if we did make it, we’d want to do it right and have absolutely zero contamination. That is really, really hard to do when you mill flour in your bakery everyday! Other stores who have done it are only open 5 days a week and do it on their day off – when the mill isn’t being used and when the dust has settled, so to speak, and no other gluten breads are being made that day. We only have one day off, and at least for right now, we’d prefer not to have to work on that day :( But it’s definitely something on our radar and something we’ve given a lot of thought to.

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88 Christina February 24, 2011 at 1:14 pm

wow, I never thought of that…you make a really good point! I can’t blame you for wanting your days off!

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89 Carol February 24, 2011 at 11:53 am

Site looks great! So happy for you and Matt. Enjoy your day!

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90 Laura @ prettylittlewords February 24, 2011 at 11:53 am

Chia seeds seem to be everywhere lately!

FYI, per your advice, I got up 10 minutes earlier and made myself some oatmeal :) I didn’t do it stove-top, but the rice cooker was almost as good. Delish!!

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91 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin February 24, 2011 at 11:57 am

Your website looks fantastic! All those pictures of the bread are making me hungry. ;)

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92 kaila @ healthyhelper! February 24, 2011 at 12:01 pm

The GH site looks wonderful…very professional! I can’t wait for you guys to open so I can here more about it! I wish I had a great harvest near me….by the way you talk about it, it seems like it is absolutely amazing! Break loaf of bread for me here in B-lo!

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93 Kim February 24, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Congratulations! My husband and daughter will be back out to visit his mom in April! I would love to be able to send them there.

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94 Ky G February 24, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Can’t wait to check out the site….but I had to comment..did you notice that your sunflower butter looks like a smiley face…sweet!

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95 Corinna February 24, 2011 at 12:05 pm

The GH website looks great!

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96 CJ February 24, 2011 at 12:06 pm

It seems to me from your “About our Bread” and “Nutrition” pages that you are trying to imply that all of your products are made from whole wheat flour and are healthy. From the Great Harvests I have visited, that is certainly not true. There are many breads and sweets that are made from white flour (sourdough, cheddar garlic, etc) and many of the sweets are loaded with calories, fat, and sugar (muffins, cookies, scones, bars, etc). Some of the muffins and scones are likely upwards of 400 calories each, not unlike many commercial products. I feel that it is misleading to have web pages that focus only on how “life enhancing” your flour is and how healthy your products are, when that is simply not true for the whole product line.

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97 KathEats February 24, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Actually Matt and I are focusing on making nearly all of our products made from the whole wheat flour – many of the cookies and muffins are and you might not notice. Portion control is up to the eater. The nutrition messages are targeted at the breads – the foundation of our store.

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98 Lorin February 25, 2011 at 1:45 am

It’s not like you have to eat the whole muffin anyway, practice moderation.

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99 Emily February 24, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Kath, I love love LOVE your blog! I’m probably very picky about your Great Harvest site- only because I’m a graphic designer. I think it’s kind of confusing to follow and the justified text makes it hard to look at. Could you hire someone with html knowledge to give you some tips in the design of it? Your photos are ALWAYS amazing- I think with a little help you could really play these up!

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100 KathEats February 24, 2011 at 12:39 pm

I fixed the justification. I’m not sure we have money to hire anyone (and I know web designers are $$$!!!) I wouldn’t want to hire someone to just make tweaks, you know? I think it looks pretty good! But I welcome any more suggestions you have

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101 Emily February 24, 2011 at 4:58 pm

Woah! I feel so special you took my comment to mind- I too think it looks good! Good job!

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102 Natalia - a side of simple February 24, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Congratulations on the website launch! And thanks for giving the whole GF bread idea a thought. I know it’s a tough thing to consider and a huge endeavor, so just the fact that it’s on your radar and that you’re thinking about it is a big thing!

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103 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) February 24, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Your GH web site looks good. :)

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104 Jenifer February 24, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Yay! Looks good. I’m bringing my hubby to C’Ville in late March. Will you guys be open by then? He is a bread lover!!!!

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105 KathEats February 24, 2011 at 12:35 pm

We probably won’t be open quite yet :(

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106 Jenifer February 24, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Darn. Oh well, guess that means we will have to come back later in the spring. Wishing you guys much success with your new venture. I know you will do great!

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107 Amelia (Eating Made Easy) February 24, 2011 at 12:41 pm

I am also obsessed with Mint.com — SO helpful for financial review & planning!

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108 Namaste Gurl February 24, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Wheee- I bet your website is fabulous and will attract many people due to your beautiful photos:)
Happy day!

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109 Maryann (The Balanced Bean) February 24, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Congrats on the website!! TJs sunflower butter is dangerously good :)

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110 Carol February 24, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Great job Kath – I just love you guys ! Have been following you for some time …. fantastic site but we woulsn’t expect anything less from you !

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111 Teresa (Teresa Tastes & Travels) February 24, 2011 at 12:48 pm

The site looks great – and so you! Congrats, this is so exciting! One suggestion I would make is to reverse “we only use” to “we use only” on your home page. You do a lot more than use only pure and simple ingredients in your products (you bike, run, travel…you get the idea) but in your products, you use only the purest and simplest ingredients, which is so cool! Yay for you!!!

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112 KathEats February 24, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Great suggestion

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113 Susan Mc February 24, 2011 at 12:49 pm

I’m a mint.com addict too!
GH site looks amazing! It is so “you”… love how you stay true to what you know works for you! :-)
We are planning a summer trip to DC with the kiddos and we will have to hit Cville and your shop!!

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114 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey February 24, 2011 at 12:57 pm

You can make spreadsheets for me any time. That is not my cup of tea! :)

The website looks great!

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115 Clare @ Fitting It All In February 24, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Website looks great! Can’t wait to see the full menu :) And for the new Kirkwood, MO store to open here!!

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116 PAM February 24, 2011 at 1:54 pm

website looks good.

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117 Laura February 24, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Couple things – one, on the “About Our Bread” page at the bottom (It’s about baking a difference…), the description is super spaced out. As if it were double spaced, and also only half of it looks justified.

Two, (and this isn’t really a comment but I wanted to make sure you intended to do this) as per another reader’s suggestion, you changed the whole website to not be justified. But the “Nutrition” page still is. Just checking! But great work! I’m in med school myself, and reading about your adventures in Cville is making residency there sound like more of an option :)

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118 KathEats February 24, 2011 at 2:40 pm

I don’t see that on the About Our Bread page. Actually, there used to be a cheesy woman there that I removed – that’s why there’s empty space. Hmm. I’ll see what I can do

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119 Laura February 24, 2011 at 11:29 pm

Weird. Just looked at it in two browsers – looks completely normal in Safari, but still funky in my Firefox. Perhaps it’s just my computer.

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120 marie February 24, 2011 at 1:57 pm

I think the site looks great, just a thought, will you be including actual nutritional charts of the calories, fat, protein, carb content etc of each menu item?

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121 KathEats February 24, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Yes, eventually – when we have set menu

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122 Meg February 24, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Granola should be there tomorrow to help celebrate the fact that it’s FRIDAY!!!

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123 Kelly February 24, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Your website looks fantastic! I cannot believe all the things you are capable of doing. You are inspirational. I wish that we had a Great Harvest where I live. Guess I will just have to take a road trip in the future.

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124 Allison @ Happy Tales February 24, 2011 at 3:18 pm

I’ve heard great things about Mint…but I’ve also heard they have security issues. Have you ever heard that? (Or experienced it yourself?!)

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125 KathEats February 24, 2011 at 4:17 pm

I’ve never heard that – they’re members of all of those secure organizations

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126 lynn @ the actor's diet February 24, 2011 at 3:33 pm

d’oh! THAT’S what i forgot at TJ’s – the sun butter!!!

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127 Reb (Life Doesn't Have to Suck) February 24, 2011 at 4:12 pm

I like Matt’s penchant for the fedora.

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128 Kat @ Cupcake Kat February 24, 2011 at 4:33 pm

I love your website! One thing you can maybe fix is capitalizing “the new Cville Crunch” -> The New Cville Crunch

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129 KathEats February 24, 2011 at 4:43 pm

well “the new” isn’t part of the name of the bread – we named it that. Do you still think T and N should be cap?

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130 seana February 24, 2011 at 4:38 pm

Because freshly milled, whole wheat tastes phenomenal, and fresh whole grain bread is life-enhancing. We use premium wheat bought from family owned farms located in the finest wheat growing region in the world — Montana. And we only use pure and simple ingredients in our products. You won’t find additives, preservatives or any ingredients you can’t pronounce.

I kind of think the 1st sentence is kind of a long run on with too many commas. Just my thought. I’m an English/grammer free.
And, you shouldn’t use and to begin a sentence.
I think you guys are going to be a great success!!! Nice website for the bakery :)
PS: My nephew just signed on with UVA for a 5 yr. scholarship for shot putting in the fall. I know my hubby and I will be heading south for a visit. 1st stop- UVA, 2nd stop- Great Harvest.
Or, maybe, reverse that order.

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131 seana February 24, 2011 at 4:39 pm

freek. not free. ha ha.

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132 nina February 24, 2011 at 5:52 pm

I was going to comment on the same sentence:
I suggest….

“Why? Because freshly milled, whole wheat tastes phenomenal, and fresh whole grain bread is life-enhancing. We use premium wheat bought from family owned farms located in the finest wheat growing region in the world — Montana. We only use pure and simple ingredients in our products. You won’t find additives, preservatives or any ingredients you can’t pronounce.”

It really does look great though :)

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133 Candice@outdoorchirp February 24, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Ya’ll make oatmeal look so good. I can’t quite get my body to like it as much as I want it to. So many ways to make it makes me envious of the oatmeal lovers

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134 Katherine February 24, 2011 at 5:58 pm

The site looks great! I think your opening a GH store is going to increase business at my local GH because now I’m dying to go there! I don’t know anything about websites or SEO, but I Googled “Great Harvest Charlottesville” and your site was the 7th result. Is that because your domain name is greatharvestcville instead of greatharvestcharlottesville? I know the latter is really long, but I thought I’d just point that out.

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135 KathEats February 24, 2011 at 6:42 pm

I have both domains! They are only brand new as of last night, so hopefully it will take a little time. Glad to see KERF up there too!

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136 Chelsea February 24, 2011 at 6:29 pm

It looks really fantastic Kath! I can’t believe you are so close to opening!!!!!

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137 Candy (Healthy in Candy Land) February 24, 2011 at 7:36 pm

Great job on the website. I love how personal it is, and all the great photos–it sure makes me want to buy bread from you! (Too bad I am on the other side of the country.) Good luck with everything!

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138 Melissa February 24, 2011 at 7:39 pm

Since web design is my profession, I might be a little overly picky here so you’ll have to excuse me.

For faster loading times (and for anyone on a smart phone concerned about data plan usage) you should consider resizing your images to their final size before uploading and placing them on your site. On the home page, the photo of you and Matt looks a bit pixelated. When I right-clicked to view the image I noticed that it’s 600px X 900px and squat down using HTML. I checked out a few other images and noticed the same thing.

Also, on the About Our Bread, Nutrition and the About Us pages, the header image is larger than the others and seems to break the template a little (the content area ends up wider and the background repeats). By the way, I’m using Firefox 4 and haven’t tested on other browsers so maybe it’s just unique to me.

Pretty minor stuff really.

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139 KathEats February 24, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Thanks for your input. I know about the header image size and did that on purpose.

The load time is a concern (and I always compress on KERF due to having SO many images) but I had hoped that wouldn’t be a problem here. I guess I’m not quite sure how to compress in Lightroom without reducing image quality?

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140 Melissa February 25, 2011 at 7:56 am

Ah, see when the page width changed from page to page I thought it was an error rather than an intended design decision. When doing QA reviews of sites I’m always looking for consistency for things like that.

No need to compress the images any further, just resize them (but not by using HTML). I don’t think Lightroom will do it (I’ve never tried since I just export my photos to Photoshop for resizing) but Photoshop or any other photo editing software will. For example, on the home page: the image is 600px by 900px but it’s being displayed as 200px by 300px. The HTML forced resize in this case is hurting the display quality of the image. To be honest, most people probably won’t notice too much.

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141 Jack O'Brien February 24, 2011 at 8:21 pm

Will you ever be taking Internet orders for your delicious looking bread?! I live in NY and TOTALLY want one of EACH of your breads!!!

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142 KathEats February 24, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Maybe!

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143 Jack O'Brien February 24, 2011 at 9:08 pm

I would die of happiness if you did. The bread you have with your sandwiches looks better than anything I have had in my entire life!

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144 Hannah February 24, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Well done you for powering through! Sunflower butter is such a good rewards for a day’s work :)

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145 Christin@purplebirdblog February 24, 2011 at 9:51 pm

The website looks great!! Awesome job!

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146 Amber February 25, 2011 at 12:03 am

Way to go Kath for doing so much editing and taking tons of feedback from everyone :) You are a good sport. We editor types are absolutely irritating about….well, everything written anywhere. Your site looks fantastic. :)

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147 Kathleen February 25, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Your mug is SO cute! LOVE the K on the front! :D AND I love nut butter on oats! :D

xoxox,
Kathleen

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148 Hearty Eugene July 3, 2011 at 9:07 am

Wow! I was too excited about bread to look for any typos or anything – just so hungry now! We’re headed up to DC for the weekend so we might swing by Warren ton just for a GH teaser! I can’t wait til your opening!!! =D

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