Taking Shape

May 10, 2011

We have a bakery!!

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With tables + chairs (Thanks to CAROLINE at IKEA Baltimore for all of her help with them!) Ball jars soon to be filled with wheatberries + signs!

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We have merchandise racks

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That are now filled with delicious retail add-ons!

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Mom + Gram – recognize your antique basket!?

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We have cakestands – with homemade label stands!

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All ready for sweets!

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There are more shelves to fill

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And homemade mixes to make! [Like our recycled library table from Possessions Recycled!?]

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We have a crazy husband

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And a great friend for helping us out! Thanks Faith!

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Apple snack to hold me over to dinner

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Matt and I worked straight through till 7PM and then called it quits. We strategically planned a dinner out tonight! A bit of biking (and driving for Matt) and we met out our destination –

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Continental Divide! I’d call it a hole in the wall, but it’s really a nice restaurant. But it’s also hidden – and when you eat there you feel like you’re part of a secret

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We started with beers – hard-earned beers!

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Brooklyn Brown for me, Old Rasputin for him

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No tequila was consumed in the making of this blog post. I swear!

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We were working! Making lists. The usual!

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For dinner I got the same irresistible burrito I got the last time we ate there. Filled with beans, mushrooms, peppers and cheese, it was DELICIOUS!

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Came with a side of rice, a spicy tomato sauce, and a PUMPKIN MUFFIN!

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I ate one burrito (saved the rest for leftovers), most of my rice and the muffin for dessert!

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Off to get some rest – tomorrow I’m going to the bakery and staying all day!

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1 olivewineandfood May 10, 2011 at 8:27 pm

the bakery looks fab! congrats

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2 Cait @ Beyond Bananas May 10, 2011 at 8:28 pm

LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!! And love how your hubby is doing a little bit of superman action!

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3 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is May 10, 2011 at 8:29 pm

How exciting! It is looking fabulous!

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4 Stacy @ Every Little Thing May 10, 2011 at 8:29 pm

WOW the bakery looks great! Love the tables and the cakestands and card holders. All your hard work is paying off!

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5 laine May 10, 2011 at 8:29 pm

I see you’ve reached the part of opening a business where you’ve lost your minds and become completely wacky (at least one of you!) That means the end (or the beginning) is near!

I love watching this process and wish you so much success and joy!

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6 Kat@girlatastartup May 10, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Congrats Kath and Matt!!! This is a huge accomplishment!

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7 larry May 10, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Your baking place is beginning to look totally operational. The counter seems really friendly. And, your husband looks like an integral part of it all, especially without the creepy carnival hawker hat. Hope your week goes well.

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8 Lauren May 10, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Wow it’s looking so great! You guys are going to have a ton of customers!

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9 Grace May 10, 2011 at 8:31 pm

This bakery looks amazing! Congratulations I’m so excited for you :)

A celebratory dinner where you enjoyed your food but still was mindful about eating sounds PERFECT!

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10 Stella May 10, 2011 at 8:32 pm

Will you sell gluten free bread at the bakery?
AND
What are some healthy snacks to feed 8th graders
for a retreat?

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11 Baking 'n' Books May 10, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Granola bars made with rolled oats, nuts and dried fruits! Wholegrain carrot muffins. Fruits and veggies (that’s a given though isn’t it? :) )

I love the cute tables Kath!

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12 M May 10, 2011 at 9:20 pm

I would avoid nuts with kids possibly having nut allergies (can be deadly).
Veggies and healthy dips/hummus always a hit for sure!

Also they could do make their own “pizzas” on pitas (you lay out toppings like
tomato sauce, veggies,etc for them to chose from (unless too huge a group of
course!)

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13 Baking 'n' Books May 10, 2011 at 10:07 pm

Good point! Forgot about that…um, no nuts! Try seeds…maybe!

Agree with the hummus – although there are more people than I thought that can’t tolerate chickpeas.

Salsa dip! With veggies and pita bread. Ditto the pizza’s. Can never go wrong…

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14 Christine May 10, 2011 at 8:33 pm

Looking good! I really, really love the lights. Very modern industrial :)

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15 erica May 10, 2011 at 8:33 pm

the bakery looks so good! you guys did an awesome job! can’t wait to see pics when it’s stocked with all the bread and other goodies!!!

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16 r8chel May 10, 2011 at 8:34 pm

The bakery is looking great! And I love that green table!

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17 Chelsea May 10, 2011 at 8:35 pm

So awesome to see the bakery coming together! I love it. Everything goes together so well. I hope you guys are proud! Your hubby is just as crazy as mine.

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18 Viki May 10, 2011 at 8:36 pm

I wish you both the best of luck with the bakery. It looks wonderful. Too bad I’m way too far away (in Canada!) But if I’m ever in your neck of the woods, I’ll definitely pop in!

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19 Holly @ The Runny Egg May 10, 2011 at 8:36 pm

So cool to see everything coming together! And I love that green table — I’d put that in my house in a heartbeat.

I am cracking up over the “parts enclosed” pictures!

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20 Estela @ Weekly Bite May 10, 2011 at 8:36 pm

The bakery looks amazing!! You guys are doing an incredible job!

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21 Chelsea May 10, 2011 at 8:42 pm

It looks like it’s coming along great! I wish I lived close enough to pay a visit when it opens!

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22 Lauren May 10, 2011 at 8:47 pm

The bakery looks great! I am coming to Cville for 6 weeks this summer so I will definitely stop by! Oooh…i LOVE the pumpkin muffins at continental divide! One of my favorite childhood memories! :)

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23 lynn @ the actor's diet May 10, 2011 at 8:48 pm

it’s all looking so wonderful kath – excited for you! PUMPKIN MUFFIN!!!

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24 Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food May 10, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Everything is looking AMAZING! It really shows how much your hard work has paid off!

So glad you had a nice night out to get a little relaxation in. Best wishes for the next few days! :)

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25 Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey May 10, 2011 at 8:49 pm

I love Matt’s sign! Cheeky! ;)

And I really, really love that green table. It’s beautiful, and totally my style.
The bakery looks great… really. You do realize you are going to have all of us readers trekking up there to visit at some point, right?
(and “Hi” to your little helper, Faith! :)

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26 Lindsey @ Morningstar Project May 10, 2011 at 8:49 pm

Congrats!! I can’t believe how it’s finally all come together, looks beautiful. And Matt just cracks me up, you are one lucky wife :)

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27 Heidi - apples under my bed May 10, 2011 at 8:49 pm

wow, it’s so exciting! It looks great, well done :)
Heidi xo

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28 SAL May 10, 2011 at 8:51 pm

What a beautiful space! Lovely:).

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29 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) May 10, 2011 at 8:55 pm

LOOKS GREAT [HARVEST]!! Wow you got so much done in just one week.

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30 Jaime May 10, 2011 at 8:55 pm

haha, that first pic of Matt is hilarious….

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31 Laura Jane @ Recovering Chocoholic May 10, 2011 at 8:57 pm

It’s really coming together! Looks great!

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32 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) May 10, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Kath the bakery is just shaping up beautifully!

The cake stands are great, and i love the recycled green stand. Shabby chic yet modern all in one. Love it!

And you totally deserved that beer. Whoa, lady. You’ve been working so hard! Take a load off before it all starts again tomorrow :)

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33 Vanessa May 10, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Oh my gosh. I love it. I love it all. This is so exciting and I’m not even a part of it haha. Love the addition of Naturally Nutty!! Can’t wait to see it finished [and in person]!! :-)

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34 jenna May 10, 2011 at 9:03 pm

looks awesome kath!!

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35 Hilary May 10, 2011 at 9:03 pm

Muffin with a burrito?! Interesting….very interesting. And the bakery is lookin’ good!

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36 kaila @ healthy helper! May 10, 2011 at 9:04 pm

It looks awesome! I can’t wait to come visit one day and see it in person! Wow I can’t believe how much its come together over only a couple of days!

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37 Namaste Gurl May 10, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Wow Kath, the bakery looks absolutely AMAZING. Way to go both of you! If I lived near you, I’d be there bright and early opening day:)

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38 Jess @ atasteofconfidence May 10, 2011 at 9:04 pm

It looks great!! coming together nicely:)

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39 Brenda May 10, 2011 at 9:07 pm

I just started following your blog and am so excited to watch your bakery unfold! It looks amazing! And I love all your recipes. If I find myself in Charlottesville I will surely be stopping by!!!

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40 Mary @ Bites and Bliss May 10, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Awesome!!! It looks great! All the hard work has definitely paid off.

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41 Eileen May 10, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Congratulations … it looks absolutely beautiful!

I adore the green table. Such a nice pop of cool color in a warm, inviting place.

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42 Caley May 10, 2011 at 9:15 pm

Such a sophisticated looking bakery… love it!

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43 Kayla (Little Miss Healthify) May 10, 2011 at 9:21 pm

This is all so exciting! The bakery is really coming a long! I literally squealed when I saw the tables and chairs, they look FANTASTIC!!

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44 Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out May 10, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Yay!! And Bwahhahahaha @ Matt!

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45 Lesley Lifting Life May 10, 2011 at 9:27 pm

It looks awesome!!

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46 Abby May 10, 2011 at 9:27 pm

The bakery is looking great. Love the “Parts Enclosed” pictures–too funny! :)

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47 Victoria May 10, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Wow, the bakery is really looking awesome!

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48 staceyhealthylife May 10, 2011 at 9:30 pm

The bakery looks awesome. It’s by far the best GH I’ve seen.

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49 Molly May 10, 2011 at 9:32 pm

I love when all of the small details finally come together! Everything looks great.

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50 The Healthy Hipster May 10, 2011 at 9:34 pm

I love how you’ve integrated the vintage and personal pieces with modern stainless steel. Its the same urban cottage aesthetic that you do so well on your blog! Wish you all the best!

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51 Danielle @ weightsandmeasures May 10, 2011 at 9:37 pm

You do have a bakery! I am glad that is coming together so well. A pumpkin muffin is not what I would expect to be served aside a burrito, but I like unexpected.

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52 Sheila May 10, 2011 at 9:40 pm

SO HAPPY for you guys!

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53 Jenn Radtke May 10, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Looks so good!!!

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54 Krissy - Shiawase Life May 10, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Mmmm! Gotta try that place! It’s on my list…

Oh, and on Sunday night guess what I tried for the first time?! Moose Drool!!! I had to, after you raVed about it =)

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55 KathEats May 11, 2011 at 7:36 am

HERE!? In CVILLE!?!?! WHERE!?!?

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56 Krissy @ Shiawase Life May 11, 2011 at 10:14 am

Unfortunately, not in Cville – I was in WA state over the wknd.

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57 Kaitlyn May 10, 2011 at 9:47 pm

ahh i went to continental divide for the first time on cinco de mayo and loved it! such a great spot. i like how the margaritas are served on the rocks and in a reasonable sized glass. i had their Blackened Tuna entree from the specials list and it was awesome.

I am so excited to see the progress of the bakery! And also [still] seriouslyyy bumming im outta cville before it opens. pretty sure i would have been a regular customer. regardless, whenever im back in the area, i know where my first stop will be!

Good luck with the rest of the opening preparations!!

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58 Lu @ A Mix of it All May 10, 2011 at 9:54 pm

I love the look of your bakery. I would be there everyday. It’s bad enough that there is one a couple of blocks away from my work. Those beers were hard-earned!

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59 Silvia @ skinny jeans food May 10, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Whoohoo! Beautiful bakery! Great job! Please send a great harvest entrepreneur up to Maine, too!

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60 Abby White@Eat, Drink and Be Aware May 10, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Congrats Kath! The bakery looks fabulous. May I ask what color that orange is you used in the bakery. I am wanting to paint an orange room in my house but need to find just the right shade. If you could share that would be great. You and Matt deserved a nice dinner out. Yum.

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61 KathEats May 11, 2011 at 7:36 am

It’s Roasted Squash (YUM!) Valspar by Lowes

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62 J3nn(Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) May 10, 2011 at 10:01 pm

Tables and chairs, yay!

Your dinner looks sooo good! Love burritos!

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63 Kathy W. May 10, 2011 at 10:05 pm

Looks fantastic!! I could definitely see myself stopping in for a loaf + a sammie!

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64 Rofomom @REAL life in Rofo May 10, 2011 at 10:09 pm

Love, Love, Love the labels that were on the cake stands – especially after reading your post about trying to find good ones! I’ll have to tuck that idea away for later :)

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65 Amanda (Eating Up) May 10, 2011 at 10:16 pm

The bakery looks great! This is so exciting!

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66 michelle May 10, 2011 at 10:18 pm

The place is looking good!

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67 Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy May 10, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Ha! I love the photos of Matt! :)

And pumpkin muffins — yum!

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68 Ashley @ Feeding Ashley May 10, 2011 at 10:23 pm

The bakery looks fantastic!

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69 Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner May 10, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Kath, you always have so much fun! YAY! I’m so excited for you with your Great Harvest!!! Which bread are you going to make there first when you open up?

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70 KathEats May 11, 2011 at 7:32 am

Oh gosh, I don’t know! Matt might bake something this weekend, but I’m not sure what.

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71 Kat @ Cupcake Kat May 10, 2011 at 10:29 pm

Yay I’m so happy for you! Your bakery looks great. Matt made me laugh

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72 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife May 10, 2011 at 10:40 pm

YAHH looking great, girl!! :)

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73 Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet May 10, 2011 at 10:44 pm

Oh wow the store is really coming together!! It looks amazing!!

And I’ve never heard of the Continental Divide, but it looks delicious. Is it downtown??

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74 KathEats May 11, 2011 at 7:33 am

It’s on Main Street near the bridge over the train tracks

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75 Kaitlyn @ 7 Plates May 10, 2011 at 10:52 pm

Wow. The bakery looks great! I love the modern feel. I wish I could get some sweets there, but I’m so far awayyy!

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76 Gina @Runningtothekitchen May 10, 2011 at 11:04 pm

the “parts enclosed” sign was hysterical, something my husband would’ve totally done too. the bakery is looking so good! i love the idea of those jars filled with wheatberries.

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77 Hannah May 10, 2011 at 11:20 pm

If you’re selling Naturally Nutty… is there any chance you’ll start shipping internationally? :D

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78 KathEats May 11, 2011 at 7:34 am

Maybe!? If you’re willing to pay the shipping, I could probably sell you a jar :)

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79 Hannah May 12, 2011 at 7:40 am

OMG, I absolutely would!! Seriously! The only thing is that I know it’s really problematic to do personal bank transfers between countries… do you think you’ll be setting up an online shop at any time? Or do you know of a way to make it work? Not that I”m trying to add extra jobs to your list, just that I truly would if there was a way!

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80 KathEats May 12, 2011 at 8:31 am

We’ll have to talk when we’re open

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81 Hannah May 12, 2011 at 8:44 am
82 Paulina (One Smile Ahead) May 10, 2011 at 11:22 pm

Wow it’s looking great!! Congrats! :] I love all the little details. So cute!

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83 Alaina May 10, 2011 at 11:25 pm

Everything is coming together so well! The store looks great!

Haha, you’re husband is too funny. :-)

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84 Jenny May 10, 2011 at 11:50 pm

Kath,

I stumbled onto your blog a couple of weeks ago and am now completely smitten with doughboy smoothies! Thanks so much.

The pictures of all the yummy Great Harvest breads that you eat has me vowing to give GH another go when I am in the States this summer. Do all GH stores sell the same things? (For example, the jars of nut butters in the picture above or the granola that you rave about?)

Thank you!
Jenny

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85 KathEats May 11, 2011 at 7:35 am

No, they don’t all have the same, but many of them do.

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86 Sarah May 11, 2011 at 12:00 am

Hooray! It looks great.

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87 AShley May 11, 2011 at 12:07 am

Ahhh, so exciting!!! Amazing job!! Everything looks great. I love how bright + clean it looks inside. Also, I LOVE that table..omggg. Such a good find!!

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88 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) May 11, 2011 at 12:16 am

It looks amazing!! Congratulations :)

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89 Elena @ GagaForGrapefruit May 11, 2011 at 12:18 am

the bakery is looking BEAUTIFUL!

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90 Marina May 11, 2011 at 12:22 am

Bakery looks great. Can’t wait for it to be filled with yummy baked goods :)

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91 Khushboo May 11, 2011 at 12:23 am

Wow! This looks amazing- every day must make you feel prouder of yourselves, and so you should! Great going to both of u!

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92 Lenna May 11, 2011 at 12:34 am

The bakery is looking really good! Clean, simple and cosy:)

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93 melissa May 11, 2011 at 1:21 am

So exciting! :)

I’m in the nursing stages of my new blog and it’s awesome to see your nursing stages of the new bakery! Cheers to new beginnings! :)

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94 Jumanah May 11, 2011 at 3:22 am

Everything is looking great! Its so cool to see the entire process from when there was practically nothing to now where it is clearly a bakery!

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95 Emma (Namaste Everyday) May 11, 2011 at 3:46 am

the place looks awesome! I really can’t wait to make a pilgrimage and come visit! I love that bell jars are part of the decour. They are such a nice touch

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96 Lauren at Keep It Sweet May 11, 2011 at 4:46 am

Looks amazing! Wish I lived close and could come by!

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97 cathy May 11, 2011 at 5:12 am

i love matt’s sense of humour – very funny!
congrats to you both on the bakery. it is just amazing. that library table is a gem, and i love how you incorporated the antique basket…everything looks just wonderful. all the best to you both.

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98 Sarah@The Flying ONION May 11, 2011 at 5:22 am

The bakery is looking so great!! I’ll bet you can’t wait for opening day. :D

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99 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin May 11, 2011 at 5:43 am

Wow it looks almost ready to open! So exciting! :D

Haha Matt is such a goof!

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100 Tina May 11, 2011 at 6:28 am

SO EXCITING!!!!!!!!!

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101 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) May 11, 2011 at 6:41 am

It’s coming together! I LOVE the library table!

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102 Karen May 11, 2011 at 6:44 am

Ha…Matt is such a goofball! Glad to see you both are in good spririts, despite your exhaustion.

The bakery is shaping up terrifically! Your attention to detail is imprinted all over it. I simply ADORE that renovated table…the shade of green paint is so cool.

Now, the fun will will begin…as you’ve been known to exclaim, “whee!”

Kath – Let us know how us long distance folks can support you in this business endeavor, i.e. online purchases of grand opening t-shirts, etc.

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103 KathEats May 11, 2011 at 7:35 am

Haha – ‘wheeee’ indeed!

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104 Sonia May 11, 2011 at 8:25 am

I definitely think you should do online purchases with international shipping :D

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105 Kristen Waby May 11, 2011 at 7:04 am

Good luck! It’s looking amazing!

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106 Jess (Sweet Potato) May 11, 2011 at 7:05 am

That burrito looks fantastic! The muffin is somewhat random, but I like it! Its kind of different.

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107 Mom May 11, 2011 at 7:07 am

Gorgeous!

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108 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat May 11, 2011 at 7:19 am

Woohoooo! Congrats Kath! Everything looks great! The decor is awesome and I love the looks of your retail products. Can’t wait to see the loaves on the shelves too!

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109 Jade May 11, 2011 at 7:43 am

Everything looks amazing! My dream is to one day have a bakery so watching your progress is a huge inspiration! Can’t wait to see more

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110 Hope May 11, 2011 at 7:45 am

Wow! Your bakery looks great! I love how you are decorating the place! I defintiely need to plan a visit!! :)

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111 jenna May 11, 2011 at 8:03 am

i love love your homemade label stands!! brillant kath!! everything is coming together so great!

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112 hemp jogger May 11, 2011 at 8:08 am

the place looks great! so excited for you guys.

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113 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 11, 2011 at 8:38 am

The bakery looks beautiful! It’s amazing what you’ve done in such a short amount of time. It will look even better when the counters are packed with yummy FOOD!

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114 Samantha Angela May 11, 2011 at 9:15 am

It looks so great! I’m so excited for you guys! :D

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115 Carol May 11, 2011 at 10:21 am

The bakery looks great!!! Can’t wait to see some action shots once everything is up and running!

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116 E May 11, 2011 at 10:43 am

Congratulations on the bakery – it looks really great (especially love the little tables!) :)

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117 Rachel May 11, 2011 at 10:56 am

Ok Kath, geeze, you have twisted my arm. I’ll go check out my local Great Harvest. ;)

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118 Annie@stronghealthyfit May 11, 2011 at 11:14 am

SO exciting! Can’t wait to see it when it opens!

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119 Lauren May 11, 2011 at 11:32 am

Congrats Kath and Matt!! The place is looking so wonderful!!!

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120 April May 11, 2011 at 2:28 pm

The bakery looks great! I am wishing you guys all the success in the world!!

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121 GEORGE May 11, 2011 at 6:46 pm

In the midst of an economic downturn it is exciting to see someone take a risk – you will do great!!! We just hired a nutrition student for our practice to do some clerical work and marketing. Who would know?!? and she’s great!!! small businesses rock! I wish you mucho success on your opening and hope you are prepared for greatness!!!

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122 Laura (Starloz) May 11, 2011 at 7:23 pm

oh, i love the feel of the bakery, it’s splendid. congrats you two.

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123 Dee May 21, 2011 at 3:58 pm

Oh, everything looks wonderful so far!

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