Open For [Bread] Business!

June 3, 2011

Popping to say we’ve had a fabulous opening – just sold out of cookies!!

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Everyone has been fabulous and we’re having a great time!

Sights of the day –

Jeff & Janet, owners of Great Harvest Charlotte (where Matt got his start) were our first customers!!!

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I started to cry when they appeared at the door at 7am!!! So sweet of them to make the trip for us.

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We now have FOUR plants!! Thanks to the NJ Youngers; Gran Bet, Donna + Becky; TOMAS of MAS! and Karen, Mom + Dad for the gifts!

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I ate a slice of bread at 11 and a few nibbles of granola. There was NO TIME to eat!!!

Just finished my salad – lettuce never tasted so good

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Hi to MONICA – we met your sister + mom!

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News crew!!

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I LOVE working the cash register, and it’s incredible to serve customers.

Such an exciting day!

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1 Marie@feedingfive June 3, 2011 at 12:35 pm

CONGRATULATIONS!!! Wish I could be there to buy some Cinnamon Chip. You two are awesome!! That city is really lucky to have you both. Best Wishes!

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2 Dee June 3, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Ditto!!!

ps. looks like a great time!

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3 Chad @ thebreakupnote June 3, 2011 at 12:37 pm

it’s got to be nice running a cash register FOR YOURSELF.

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4 Nancy-The Wife of a Dairyman June 3, 2011 at 5:20 pm

Great idea to run the cash register….great connection with all your customers. Congratulations on your Grand Opening!!

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5 Selena June 3, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Exciting indeed…congrats! I’m on my way out the door to my local Great Harvest.

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6 lynn @ the actor's diet June 3, 2011 at 12:42 pm

YAY!!! big fat (doughy) congrats!

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7 Lea @ Healthy Coconut June 3, 2011 at 12:42 pm

So exciting and what a wonderful family occassion too on your bakery opening. Have fun you two!

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8 courtney June 3, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Congratulations to you ALL!!! Happy grand opening :)!

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9 Kathryn June 3, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Yayy Kath and Matt!! So excited for you two- best of luck on your new adventure together!

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10 Stephanie June 3, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Kath: I read you every single day and enjoy every minute of it. I may have commented once before in two years! But I have to pop in today to tell you how happy and proud (can you be proud of someone you don’t really know?!?) I am of you and Matt. It has been such a pleasure to share the bakery-opening experience with you. I wish you nothing but success. Thank you for sharing your life with us!

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11 Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen June 3, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Congratulations!!!!

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12 Chloe (South Beach Girl) June 3, 2011 at 12:45 pm

CONGRATULATIONS! I’m so excited for both of you and can’t wait to hear more about your GH adventures! Also, let us know when we can view the news interview :)

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13 Rebecca June 3, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Aaaah congrats! You are GLOWING in those pictures. It’s so inspiring to see this culmination of your dream. Happy baking!

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14 Katherina @ Zephyr Runs June 3, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Oh man, *I* started tearing up hearing about your first customers!! I’m so excited for you two, what a great journey!!!

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15 Krissy @ Shiawase Life June 3, 2011 at 12:47 pm

So exciting! Love it all, Kath. that pic of the Charlotte owners made me tear up. What a great day!!

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16 Natalie San Luis June 3, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Wow Kath, congrats! I wish I could come visit and see the bakery — I feel like it’s right around the corner since I’ve been reading all the updates. Feel free to mail me a loaf of bread whenever you want ;)

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17 Nikki T June 3, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Me too! ;)

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18 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday June 3, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Congratulations!!
It must be so exciting to finally have your dream come true :)

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19 BethP June 3, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Kath this is so exciting! Making me teary-eyed. Congratulations!!

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20 kaila @ healthy helper! June 3, 2011 at 12:48 pm

YAY! looks so amazing kath!!!

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21 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen June 3, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Congratulations! so happy for you guys! I was emotional reading this, haha!

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22 Nikki T June 3, 2011 at 12:50 pm

BIG Congrats to you guys on Opening Day!!!
I definately wish I was in Cville and could come check it all out! Maybe one day…
:)

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23 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) June 3, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Congrats, Kath!!!!!

And people clearly have their ordering and priorities straight: selling out of cookies is a very good sign :)

The news crew…wow…you’re (more) famous now ! :)

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24 Nicole June 3, 2011 at 12:50 pm

I’m all the way in Boston, but have been thinking of the grand opening all day! Congratulations!!!

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25 Ashley O. @ The Vegetable Life June 3, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Congrats on the big day! Such an amazing opportunity for you and the husband!

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26 Amanda June 3, 2011 at 12:53 pm

I totally teared up reading that! So happy for you guys!!!

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27 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat June 3, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Wooohoooo! Happy first day of opening Kath!! Looks like you guys are busy. Have a fab afternoon!

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28 Toronto Girl West June 3, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Oh my goodness!!!!!!! I can’t even begin to tell you how THRILLED I am for the two of you!!!

There may have even been a misty eye or two! ;)

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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29 Sunya June 3, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Best wishes on your new adventure and congrats on the successful opening!!!

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30 Catherine June 3, 2011 at 12:56 pm

CONGRATS! I will be in Charlottesville for work at the end of July, and I will ABSOLUTELY be stopping by Great Harvest. I hope that I get to meet you, so I can tell you IN PERSON that your blog really helped me get through the Bar Exam in 2009. It was difficult to keep up enough stamina to study non-stop for 3 months, and I used your blog to get ideas for healthy eating! Two years later, I’m still a fan of your blog…and I LOOOOOVE me some oatmeal!

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31 Halley (Blunder Construction) June 3, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Wow Kath, this is a big day! I’m so excited for you & Matt!! I know this is the first day of many fabulous, rewarding business days! Let there be bread!

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32 Jenny D. June 3, 2011 at 12:56 pm

So happy for the first day successes! It seems like it was an awesome opening. I’m road-tripping with a friend up to Boston (from Texas) at the end of August, and we already discussed driving through C-ville to see your bakery and grab some yummy goodies!! We’re looking forward to it! :)

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33 Stacy June 3, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Congratulations Kath and Matt!! Like previous people have posted, I am just so happy for and proud of you both. Opening your own bakery is a great accomplishment and you have done a wonderful job preparing it for this big day. Thanks for sharing your journey with all of us.

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34 Meagan June 3, 2011 at 12:57 pm

News crews! That will help to bring in some new customers :)

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35 Shayla June 3, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Congrats Kath and Matt!! So happy for the two of you…it’s been so fun following you both on this journey and I can’t wait to see what the future brings for the both of you. And I’m really praying sometime in the near future you’ll be shipping your bread! I want to try it so bad (especially the Cinnachip!) and we don’t have any Great Harvests here in the Bay Area, CA :(

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36 Erin {Shortcut to Bliss} June 3, 2011 at 11:28 pm

It would still be quite a trek for you, but we have a couple of GH in the valley (sac).

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37 Shayla June 4, 2011 at 9:22 am

Omg you’re right, thanks Erin! It would be a trek but at least I know there are some around me since I want to try it so badly, thanks! :)

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38 Cari June 4, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Shayla -I live in the Bay Area too – there is a Great Harvest on College Ave. in Oakland.

Congrats, Kath and Matt!

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39 Shayla June 10, 2011 at 5:28 pm

Awesome, thanks Cari!! I’ll have to check it out :)

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40 Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food June 3, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Congratulations!!!! :) It is going to be a smashing success! :)

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41 Kim June 3, 2011 at 12:58 pm

So exciting! Congrats on your first day. I was really excited to find out that I’ll be in cville next week because I want one of everything : )

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42 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) June 3, 2011 at 12:59 pm

So happy for you two! I’m just incredibly jealous you aren’t opening up in my neck of the woods.

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43 Amy June 3, 2011 at 12:59 pm

I hope you frame that $5!

Everything looked great when I stopped by – congratulations!!

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44 Mary Frances June 3, 2011 at 4:27 pm

I was thinking the same thing about framing that $5…also, wondering what Jeff and Janet bought as your first sale? So sweet they were there for your opening. I bet they feel so proud that Matt chose to open his own GH, and I bet they were great mentors, too!

Amy, that is awesome you got to experience the opening day. Hope you got lots of goodies.

Kath, any chance of putting your television ‘news’ story on U-tube so we can watch?

Again, congratulations, and Gram and I are so happy for and proud of you.

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45 Sara June 3, 2011 at 5:41 pm

Mary Frances are you relative of Kath’s? Just curious as I see you comment here frequently and are a huge supporter of Kath’s….it’s very nice :)

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46 Sarah June 3, 2011 at 8:39 pm

I was wondering the same thing!

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47 Katie @ cooklaughmove June 3, 2011 at 1:02 pm

CONGRATULATIONS!

Watching other young adults achieve their dreams, makes me want to achieve mine even more!

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48 Sarah Rose June 3, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Congrats!!! So sweet of the Charlotte Great Harvest owners to surprise you!!

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49 Kerstin June 3, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Congratulations! What an accomplishment, so exciting to follow the progress on your blog. I only wish we could experience the “smell” of the bakery through your blog :) Congrats on selling out of cookies already.

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50 Gina (Yogattude) June 3, 2011 at 1:05 pm

I’m so excited for you! What an amazing accomplishment! I wonder how long it will take to sell out of bread this afternoon;)

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51 andrea @ a cake for a wife. June 3, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Congratulations to both of you, Kath! It’s been so exciting to watch the bakery evolve from just an idea to a full blown reality. I really admire how both of you work so hard at making things happen for yourselves. Best of luck with the store, wish I lived anywhere near you! :)

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52 Marina June 3, 2011 at 1:09 pm

So exciting!!! Congratulations!

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53 Tori (Fresh Fruition) June 3, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Congratulations! That looks like a lot of work- but so worth it because it must be so much fun! I love working with people, too. Interacting with customers and helping them always makes me smile :)

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54 Hope June 3, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Congrats!!! I am so happy for you two! What a wonderful day! This is such an amazing accomplishment! :)

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55 Namaste Gurl June 3, 2011 at 1:10 pm

YAY– so happy opening went smoothly. Wish I could be there to cheer you guys on. THinking of you!

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56 Emily @ One Sweet Vegan June 3, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Woohoo!! Congratulations!! :-D

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57 Angela (Oh She Glows) June 3, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Congrats! I see majaaaah success in your bakery’s future!! How sweet of Matt’s former employers to show up and surprise you…what a great thing to do. :)

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58 Sahira June 3, 2011 at 1:12 pm

That IS so exciting! I can’t wait to come visit someday soon!

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59 Deirdre June 3, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Congrats! I am so excited for you guys. I remember talking to you a couple Summits back about you guys opening your own Great Harvest and now its a reality. All the hard work has paid off!

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60 Jennifer June 3, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Congrats on opening and having an income instead of just an out-come! *I* started to cry when I saw Matt’s previous employers were your first customers and I don’t even know you. Have a great opening week.

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61 Kelly June 3, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Me too! Total sappiness! :)

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62 E June 3, 2011 at 2:27 pm

I just about cried too! That is so sweet that they came to be your first customers. I’m so excited for your obviously very successful grand opening! Congratulations to everybody at GH C-Ville! :)

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63 sonya June 3, 2011 at 2:52 pm

I’m sappy too!

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64 Christena June 3, 2011 at 6:02 pm

I started to cry too! Thinking of that and the fact that you have not only supported this dream of Matt’s, but you have totally made it your own, as well. Sweet. How fun that your blog readers have gotten to follow along on the journey! Congrats!

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65 Janice June 3, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Congratulations! Looks like you two are glowing more in your grand opening photos than in your wedding pics… if that is at all possible! Cheers!

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66 Noelle June 3, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Congrats to you and Matt! What an amazing accomplishment!! I can’t wait to stop in next time I’m in the area!

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67 Erica June 3, 2011 at 1:16 pm

ahhhhhhhhhhhhh! Congrats! That is SO cool that the owners of GH showed up! So happy for you two

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68 ilovefetacheese June 3, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Wow congratulations Kath!!! This just proves that hard work and dedication can really make all your career goals possibly!! You must be SO proud!

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69 Lolly June 3, 2011 at 6:22 pm

But how do you feel about the onions?????

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70 Ilovefetacheese June 3, 2011 at 7:04 pm

I love onions! :D

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71 Aubrey June 3, 2011 at 1:19 pm

SOOOOO excited for you! This is great news =)

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72 Summer @ Well-rounded Hippie June 3, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Congratulations! I’m so excited for you guys and glad it all went well. Wish I was there to eat some yummy bread!

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73 katie @KatieDid June 3, 2011 at 1:22 pm

CONGRATS kath! such an exciting day!!!

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74 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats June 3, 2011 at 1:23 pm

How exciting. Congratulations :)

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75 Monica June 3, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Omg! Thanks for the shoutout, Kath! I was putting on hand sanitizer while reading your blog, and got so excited when I saw the picture of my sister and mom that I missed my hand completely and ended up with a bunch of hand sanitizer on my leg. But it was totally worth it :)

Congratulations on having a successful opening! GH is definitely going to be a fixture in Charlottesville from now on. I can’t wait to venture down there soon!

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76 KathEats June 3, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Haha – thanks for sending them by!! Your sister’s baby is darling!

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77 Lisa Fine June 3, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Congratulations to you and Matt! It looks and sounds like everything is going amazingly well.

Please share the news clips with us later, if you have time!

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78 Lindsey June 3, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Congrats on the opening! What an exciting day after all your hard work!

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79 stacey June 3, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Congrats on a successful opening day!

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80 Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet June 3, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Wow seeing pictures of your opening day actually made me tear a little! I guess it’s because we’ve all seen you go through your journey, and it feels like we were going through everything as you went through it.

It must be a dream come true right now, so savor this moment :)

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81 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife June 3, 2011 at 1:37 pm

how fun! What a cool way for us all to see you reach your dreams….as we do to our dreams as well :) SO cool!

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82 Alice June 3, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Congratulations Kath and Matt! What an exciting day! Best of luck with your new adventure!

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83 Anne @ Your Kind of Salad June 3, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Oh my, I’m crying – how sweet!

Looks like an exhilirating day! Best Wishes on your new adventure…go get those dreams!

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84 Hanna June 3, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Congratulations to you both! What an incredible accomplishment…THANK YOU for sharing :)

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85 Emily @ Savory and Savage June 3, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!! What an exciting day :-)

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86 Justeen @ Blissful Baking June 3, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Congratulations on the opening of your bakery!! Have a wonderful day!!

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87 faith June 3, 2011 at 1:45 pm

I LOVE everything about this post!!!!! Congratulations!!!! We’ve been thinking of you guys all day and I can’t wait to hear how the weekend goes. So incredibly thoughtful of the Charlotte owners-that’s really awesome.
Have an amazing weekend and hopefully we will catch up Sunday. Maybe we can make you dinner?

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88 KathEats June 3, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Sunday dinner sounds amazing!!

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89 Jane June 3, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Congrats! You all have been on my mind in anticipation for the opening. I even had a dream about it!! This is very exciting, and bravo to you for putting this post up on your very busy opening day!! :)

Thank you for sharing this experience with all of your readers! :)

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90 Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey June 3, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Yay!! I’m thrilled it’s going so smoothly for you guys!

That is awesome about Jeff & Janet! Hi guys! :)
(Their Rea Rd. store is MY GH) :)
Jeff is always willing to take time to chat and discuss special orders. He is fantastic.

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91 Allison @ Happy Tales June 5, 2011 at 12:02 am

I love Jeff and Janet, too!!!! I visit the store near the Metropolitan Targetm and always see them at the GHB booth after the local races — soooo neat that they came for opening day! What amazing folks they are :)

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92 kdiddy June 3, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Congratulations!

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93 becca (bellebottoms) June 3, 2011 at 2:00 pm

OHMYGOODNESS> this is so exciting! I’m soooo happy for you guys!

Can’t wait to hopefully visit!

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94 Jacqueline June 3, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Many congrats!!! So proud to be a reader and see what you and Matt have done!!

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95 Pam June 3, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Congrats! *Doing the happy dance for you all!*

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96 Susan June 3, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Congrats! So happy for you and Matt!

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97 Shannon June 3, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Congratulations! I’ve been following your hard work getting ready for today and I’m so excited for you!

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98 Holly @ The Runny Egg June 3, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Congrats on the big day!!!!! I love that other GH owners came to see you — how exciting!

I don’t have a clue what opening/running a business feels like, but I can only imagine how happy (and relieved!) you both are! Congrats again!

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99 Dana June 3, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Congratulations!! The next time I am in Charlottesville (I live in Richmond) I will have to stop by. Fresh baked bread is my husband’s favorite food!

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100 Katie O. June 3, 2011 at 2:11 pm

SO PROUD OF YOU GUYS AND SO HAPPY FOR YOU! WHAT AN ACCOMPLISHMENT!!!!

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101 Erin June 3, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Such a long time coming! I am thrilled everything went so well today. Congratulations!!!

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102 Jennifer June 3, 2011 at 2:18 pm

What a great first day! I think your bakery is going to do very well.

How nice of Jeff & Janet to come up and be your first customers. I would have cried, too. That’s very sweet.

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103 Elizabeth June 3, 2011 at 2:25 pm

I stopped by the Raleigh Great Harvest and picked up some honey whole wheat bread and challah buns for dinner tonight and thought you of Matt. Congrats on your grand opening and best of luck. Great Harvest is the best!!

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104 britt June 3, 2011 at 2:26 pm

congratulations! you guys have worked so hard to get to this point and i know you are thrilled the day is finally here :)

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105 Lisa June 3, 2011 at 2:30 pm

A big congrats from Canada! Reading your blog cheers me up every morning (thank you thank you thank you). Keep up the fun!

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106 Ellie@fitforthesoul June 3, 2011 at 2:31 pm

ahhh how awesome is this?! I’m sure that you guys will have the most frequented store in charlottesville in no time~ :D

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107 Amy Hall June 3, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Kath, I almost never comment, but gosh…CONGRATULATIONS. This is such an unbelievable accomplishment, and I am wishing you and Matt all the very best. Enjoy this day!

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108 Amy June 3, 2011 at 6:08 pm

I’ve not commented yet but Amy Hall is my maiden name and it caught my eye as I was scrolling down the comments! :)

Congratulations, Kath! We’re in Cville and will definitely be stopping in soon!

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109 Kate @ NaturaStride June 3, 2011 at 2:35 pm

So exciting!!! I hope you celebrate tonight! Congrats!

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110 Christie {Nourishing Circle} June 3, 2011 at 2:37 pm

So happy for you guys!

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111 erica June 3, 2011 at 2:37 pm

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! it’s finally opening day! SO exciting! i wish i could stop by too!
it’s been great following your journey from the get-go!

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112 Heather June 3, 2011 at 2:40 pm

I have so loved getting to know you through your blog! I wanted to wish you and Matt congratulations on the opening of your store. What a great accomplishment. Wish I was closer to support you but know that people are sending you best wishes and good vibes from a far!

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113 Carol June 3, 2011 at 2:40 pm

WOHOO!! Glad all was a success! So exciting to read about:)

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114 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope June 3, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Sounds like such a successful start!!! Congrats Kath and Matt!

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115 Sarah June 3, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Congratulations!!! So excited for you guys :)!

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116 RhodeyGirl June 3, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Congrats again!

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117 Cara Craves... June 3, 2011 at 2:51 pm

AMAZING! Congrats!
Wish I lived close so that I could come and buy some bread!

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118 Erin June 3, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Congratulations! You guys have been on my mind ALL DAY! What an exciting day for you!

In honor of your grand opening, I trucked over to our Great Harvest to pick up some bread for a trip to my parents’ house this weekend–a loaf of sliced honey whole wheat, and a loaf of asiago-pesto-tomato. Yum! We’ll “toast” to you all weekend! (Hahaha…bad pun, I know, but I couldn’t resist!)

Congrats again!!!

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119 Sarah @ The Strength of Faith June 3, 2011 at 3:00 pm

I got chills reading this! Congratulations!

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120 Kati M June 3, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Congratulations! This is SO exciting – and you are just beaming. I love love LOVE your mission statement – awesome.

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121 Coralee June 3, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Cheesy but true, I got goosebumps when I read who your first customers were, so sweet but totally not surprising. Make sure you frame that fiver!
Kath, I read your blog everyday (from Canada) and it inspires me in so many different ways. Honestly, it is impressive to read about such a young couple who have gotten so many important things in their lives figured out already; family, fitness, good healthy food and being a positive force in their community. I will keep reading and I will keep sending positive vibes your way, because you honestly deserve them and I wish I could be there today to buy one of those beautiful loaves of bread from you and Matt.
Enjoy every moment you guys, you deserve it!

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122 Jess (Sweet Potato) June 3, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Congrats! I feel honored to be able to have a view into what this exciting time is like! Enjoy it!

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123 Angelea June 3, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Congrats! So glad you found a moment to send an update…you knew we were waiting!! :) Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

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124 Kaitlyn @ 7 Plates June 3, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Congrats!! Looks like it’s going well! :)

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125 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) June 3, 2011 at 3:12 pm

What a happy day!

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126 Amanda June 3, 2011 at 3:14 pm

Congrats! In your honor, I plan to visit my Great Harvest Birmingham (MI) this weekend!

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127 Jackie June 3, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Congratulations on your opening!! I’ve followed your blog for a long time and have so enjoyed being ‘along for the ride’ in the process of opening your bakery. My husband and I are huge fans of Great Harvest and you’ve inspired us to dream of doing this ourselves someday. I wish you and Matt all the best success!

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128 Laura Jane @ Recovering Chocoholic June 3, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Awesome! So exciting. Congratulations!

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129 JenATX June 3, 2011 at 3:19 pm

AHH congrats!! What an incredible journey… thanks SO much for sharing it with us!

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130 Cait's Plate June 3, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Ahhh! SO exciting Kath! Congrats!!! I wish I could be there, if I’m ever in the area I’ll be sure to stop by :)

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131 Kathy W. June 3, 2011 at 3:22 pm

CONGRATULATIONS!!! to you & Matt

The store looks AMAZING in the pictures!! Hope to see it in person on a future road trip!

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132 Ann June 3, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Congratulations and good luck all the way from BELGIUM!
If one day we will visit the US, we will make sure to stop by!!

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133 kat June 3, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Congrats!! Wishing you both lots of success aand happiness! You certainly deserve it :)

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134 Christina June 3, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Awesome Kath! Congrats on a job well done and well earned!!! You’re an inspiration!

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135 Jess S. June 3, 2011 at 3:28 pm

I’m just a regular old reader and don’t even “know” you but it’s been really cool to watch this endeavor unfold through your blog and see it come to fruition. Congratulations. You guys put so much hard work into this and I hope it brings you so much pleasure in your lives. There’s nothing better than having a job that you love.

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136 Kelly (meatless with a man) June 3, 2011 at 3:32 pm

CONGRATS! I can’t believe you’ve had time to blog!!!

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137 Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama June 3, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Congrats, Kath!

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138 Sheri June 3, 2011 at 3:38 pm

CONGRATULATIONS!! What an exciting day for you both! I wished I lived closer so I could be a regular customer in your store! The community is so lucky to have you two amazing people. Wishing you and Matt great success!!

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139 Christin June 3, 2011 at 3:45 pm

CONGRATULATIONS!!! I am so very excited for you! Your store looks absolutely amazing, I wish I lived closer so I could visit you! if I ever visit your town I will be sure to stop by! (I really miss the garlic cheese bread they used to have at the GH in Santa Barbara) :)
I want you to wish you the very best and many years of great, happy and cherishable business to come.
all the best,
Christin

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140 DawnS June 3, 2011 at 3:50 pm

I’ve been reading your blog for a while now, following your journey to where you are today. I gotta say, this post brought me to tears! So happy for you guys! Good luck in the future! Wish I lived closer, I’d come in and get delicious bread. Great Harvest is my fave but there aren’t many here near me in Lake Stevens, Washington!

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141 Mary C June 3, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Sending you congrats from Dallas. It has been so fun reading along as you got ready to open. So happy for both you and your sweet husband. I hope you sell out of bread today too!

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142 char @ char on a mission June 3, 2011 at 3:53 pm

This is unbelievable! I bet you’re just on a super bread high – I know I would be! Congrats on the amazingly successful opening!

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143 Jennie June 3, 2011 at 3:55 pm

Congratulations on the grand opening! It has been so exciting to read about your journey so far. I wish I lived closer so I could visit! The bread looks amazing!

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144 Ashley @ Will Run for Food June 3, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Congratulations!! Such an amazing accomplishment and you should be very proud!

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145 Carla June 3, 2011 at 4:04 pm

Congrats on the grand opening!!! I wish that I lived there so that I could taste your yummy breads and cookies!!! P.S. Love the mission statement on the wall:)

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146 lauri (RedHeadRecipes.com) June 3, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Comgrats on this BIG and SPECIAL day!! I’m so happy for you guys for making your dreams come true!! Now I want some Bread!!! ;)

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147 Lesley Lifting Life June 3, 2011 at 4:19 pm

Congrats on your first day open … very exciting!! :)

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148 Molly @ RDexposed June 3, 2011 at 4:19 pm

Congrats! Hope the customers see all the hard work that you’ve poured into the place!!

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149 Kel June 3, 2011 at 4:35 pm

My goodness – I just started crying!

So happy for you!

Find a job you love and you will never work a day in your life.

Looks like you have done that!

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150 Susan D. June 3, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Congratulations! I’m so happy for you guys! I wish I lived nearby so I could visit the new bakery. I do, however, support my local Great Harvest (love the Dakota Bread). They are awesome people, too, just like you and Matt. :)

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151 Evan Thomas June 3, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Happy first day!

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152 Lauren June 3, 2011 at 4:40 pm

THis is awesome! It brings tears to my eyes.

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153 Cait @ Beyond Bananas June 3, 2011 at 4:45 pm

We have followed you on your journey for so long.. and I am so excited that today finally came for you! Looks like everything is working perfectly..and you should be SO proud of all that you have accomplished. Congrats Kath and Matt!

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154 Razberri June 3, 2011 at 4:48 pm

OMGawd! That bread looks h-o-t HAWT. Ohmyohmyohmyohmy (burp). What a BIG day! I could shove an entire loaf in my mouth right now!

Flem flem flem (gurgle continuously)

Schmoop!

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155 KathEats June 3, 2011 at 4:54 pm

Gurgle back to ya, Raz!

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156 marie June 3, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Congratulations! I hope to one day be able to go see it in person!

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157 Jenn June 3, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Hi Kath! I rarely post, but had to say congratulations! What an accomplishment! In honor of your big day I visited a Great Harvest and bought a loaf for the very first time! Cinnamon Swirl – delicious!

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158 Nicole June 3, 2011 at 5:02 pm

Congrats Kath!!! Everything looks like it is working out great!! Hope you guys had a wonderful day one,and many many many many more to come :-)

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159 Ashley June 3, 2011 at 5:05 pm

!!!!!!!! CONGRATS !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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160 Kristen June 3, 2011 at 5:06 pm

So exciting! Congratulations on your new adventure! If I am ever in the area, I’ll certainly stop by!!!!!!!

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161 Sarah (OC2Seattle) June 3, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Congratulations on your opening day! So exciting to see your store come to fruition after reading about it.

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162 Ali June 3, 2011 at 5:15 pm

Congrats! So happy for you guys! It almost brings tears to my eyes. I wish I could live closer so I could visit.

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163 Amanda @ The Beauty Notebooks June 3, 2011 at 5:25 pm

Congratulations! So happy for you all. Now I think it’s time for a roadtrip down to Cville… ;)

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164 Morgan @ moments of mmm June 3, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Congratulations! That was so thoughtful of the Charlotte owners to stop by! It seems like GH is such a wonderful organization filled with genuine, kind people.

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165 Jess June 3, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Congrats! So excited for you guys!

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166 Amelia June 3, 2011 at 5:30 pm

What an exciting day! Congratulations to you all on following your dream! :)

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167 skinnyrunner June 3, 2011 at 5:33 pm

congratulations! its been so fun to watch the whole process and exciting to see the now open store and your success!!

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168 Allie June 3, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Congrats to you and Matt!! I know your store will be a huge success!

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169 jenna k June 3, 2011 at 5:40 pm

congratulations- i’m so happy for you guys! so glad everything went well!

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170 Lynne June 3, 2011 at 5:43 pm

Congratulations! Have so loved following your progress!!

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171 Kim June 3, 2011 at 5:47 pm

CONGRATULAIONS!!!
The shop looks wonderful! Can totally see all the hard work you and Matt and everryone put in! Looks FAB!
Enjoy it all… You deserve it! :D

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172 Liz June 3, 2011 at 6:01 pm

How exciting! So happy for the two of you. It’s an inspiration to watch you living your dream!

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173 Kelly June 3, 2011 at 6:12 pm

Been following the whole process – wishing many joyful years in your bakery! Much love from Louisiana! :]

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174 Heidi - apples under my bed June 3, 2011 at 6:17 pm

Yay!! Congratulations! So exciting for you guys. & p.s. you look lovely in that blue colour – totally your colour.
Heidi xo

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175 diana@mymarblerye June 3, 2011 at 6:46 pm

omg!!! All these years in the making! Congrats!

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176 Karlee @olivewineandfood June 3, 2011 at 6:47 pm

congrats, so happy for you all!

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177 Heather P June 3, 2011 at 6:55 pm

So happy for you & Matt! The bakery opening plus 4 yr anniversary in the same week….awesome!

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178 Karen June 3, 2011 at 7:12 pm

I am just overwhelmed w/ joy for you, Kath…just filled with pride and happiness! So wish I could swing by and give you a huge hug!

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179 Ma Fea June 3, 2011 at 7:37 pm

? ? Best wishes, happiness, and blessings to you and Matt in this new endeavor. ? ?

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180 Ma Fea June 3, 2011 at 7:38 pm

Okay, those were supposed to be flowers, but they came out as ?. Sorry about that!

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181 J3nn(Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) June 3, 2011 at 7:48 pm

This is a historic day! Congrats and best wishes to you, Matt, Karen, and your staff!! So happy for you guys!! :D

Day one of many! Good luck!!

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182 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin June 3, 2011 at 7:52 pm

It seems like this has been in the works forever – it’s hard to believe opening day is finally here. Congrats you guys! :D

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183 Hilary June 3, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Wow…it’s real! Congrats…I can only imagine how excited you must be!

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184 Kris June 3, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Congrats on your big opening day and best wishes for much success!

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185 Jennifer Drummond June 3, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Congratulations! Your store looks awesome! You both did a wonderful job setting up shop. The displays, the food and the whole appearance of your store look phenomenal!! You should be so very proud of yourself. Your very inspirational! Keep up the great work!!!! Wishing you happiness and prosperous business! Cheers!!

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186 Robyn June 3, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Congrats on a great opening!! I bet it feels super satisfying to finally be up and running! All your hard work is finally paying off :)

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187 pauline June 3, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Congratulations from Morinville Alberta Canada. I have been following you every step of the way. I am so proud of you and Matt I feel as proud as I would of my own children if they had made such huge strides in life at such a young age. WOW WOW . I know with all the passion you have its going to be a huge success. I really wish it was closer and I could be a customer, the bread and all you sell looks wonderful. Congratulations !!!!

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188 Emily June 3, 2011 at 8:42 pm

Congrats on opening day!!! So excited to see how business goes for you guys, best of luck!!!!

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189 Hannah June 3, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Congratulation Kath and Matt, the bakery looks fantastic!

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190 Kat @ Cupcake Kat June 3, 2011 at 8:55 pm

yay so happy for you!

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191 Jennie June 3, 2011 at 9:13 pm

So excited for you! It has been really fun reading about your exciting adventure :)

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192 Natalia - a side of simple June 3, 2011 at 9:20 pm

A huge, warm, heartfelt, happy congratulations!! May you quickly “rise” to the top ;)

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193 Meredith June 3, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Aww :) I didn’t read this post until after I stopped by, and it totally made me tear up!! I haven’t been reading your blog for very long (just since the first Hook article a few months ago), but I’m soooooooo glad I got to come in for your first day of business! It was an added bonus that my BF (after some teasing about my obsession with food blogs) RAVED about the bread that you guys delivered to his downtown office yesterday!!!! I LOVED all the samples that I had today, you have turned us into loyal customers for sure ;) Have a great opening weekend!

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194 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn June 3, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Kath, you are GORGEOUS!!!! You probably get that a lot but seriously, you are one hot mama. Slash everything looks so beautiful, I love that they signed your first dolla:)

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195 Angel7 June 3, 2011 at 11:02 pm

The storefront looks so awesome, Kath–I like the added personal touches! Great job to everyone who made it happen!

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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196 kate June 3, 2011 at 11:19 pm

congrats to you both! following your dreams is a beautiful thing!

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197 Tara June 3, 2011 at 11:56 pm

Wow – you did it! So freaking awesome. I can’t believe it is your fourth anniversary either! I remember you talking about your FIRST wedding anniversary and how excited you were to eat the cake you had saved in the freezer. So happy for you and Matt!

Can I just say that your blog inspired me to seek out a Great Harvest near where I live. And now it’s the only bread I buy!

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198 Hannah June 4, 2011 at 1:00 am

WHEE!!!!! So wish I could be there to support you! Franchise in Australia next, please :P

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199 kat June 4, 2011 at 5:08 am

congrats! I must have been thinking about youl a lot as i dreamt i went to your grand opening to sample all the lovely food and wish you good luck! ha. i never comment, first time for everything ;)

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200 Erin June 4, 2011 at 6:08 am

Congrats!!! Wish I was a local b/c I would be a regular at your store!

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201 Sarah June 4, 2011 at 6:46 am

Hooray! The big day is finally here! It has been so much fun to watch the process, and I’m so excited that you’re finally getting to see your “baby” born into something wonderful! Congratulations!

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202 MaryBe@Accidentally-Vegan June 4, 2011 at 7:15 am

So exciting! Congrats!

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203 Ashley June 4, 2011 at 9:07 am

Congratulations to you both!! You deserve all the success in the world…and I have no doubt this will be a wonderful experience!! Wish I lived closer so I could come by and try your cookies!

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204 Kelsey @ Clean Teen Kelsey June 4, 2011 at 9:52 am

Your shop is so beautiful, Kath! I like it better than my local Great Harvest. :) How nice of the other owners to come by. And the plants will look great in the store.

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205 Brittany June 4, 2011 at 10:55 am

I am a little late but I just wanted to pop in and say congratulations!! It’s so exciting to see all your hard work come to fruition!

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206 Kristin June 4, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Congratulations on a successful opening.

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207 Paulina (One Smile Ahead) June 4, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Congratulations!! I hope to be able to visit someday :D

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208 Audrey June 4, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Congratulations! You two are such wonderful, warm-hearted people. You deserve everybit of happyness and success that I’m sure is ahead for you :)

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209 Laurie June 4, 2011 at 5:31 pm

CONGRATS!!! So happy for you and Matt!

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210 Chelsea June 4, 2011 at 6:21 pm

I’ve had no internet for almost 2 weeks but got on today just to see about the opening. YAY!

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211 hemp jogger June 4, 2011 at 7:40 pm

cant wait to come in! work kept me from visiting the past few days, but next week i’ll be over :) congratulations!

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212 kristen (inspiredbydooce) June 5, 2011 at 8:50 am

I’m very behind in my reading- but wanted to say congratulations anyway! You, Matt, and your crew have been working so hard, it must be so exciting to see it pay off with the opening.

Good luck- and congratulations again!

(and how sweet for Matt’s old bosses to come…I would have cried too)

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213 Lauren June 5, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Congratulations Kath and Matt!!! It’s been so fun following along with this journey. What a fun, rewarding job you two will enjoy TOGETHER!

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214 r8chel June 5, 2011 at 8:01 pm

My eyes welled up with tears when I read about your first customers. Congrats on such a successful opening!

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215 lisa vandusen June 6, 2011 at 7:19 am

Is there any way to buy bread online? i live in bay city, mi and the closest Great Harvest is 1 1/2 to 2 hours away.. which stinks because i LOVE their bread! I checked before and she said it was a $30 shipping charge, which seemed crazy for bread. just wanted to get your input. thanks so much

Lisa

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216 KathEats June 6, 2011 at 8:08 am

We don’t ship yet, but unfortunately the shipping would probably be pretty high since the breads are so heavy

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217 PB Addict June 6, 2011 at 10:00 am

A huge congratulations on your opening! :) I’ve been following for a while and seeing the process of opening up a bakery has been awesome since it’s one of my [many] goals in the future. Best of luck in your business!

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218 Meghann June 7, 2011 at 9:59 am

big congratulations!

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