In October 2008, Matt got a job at Great Harvest after a career slump of unemployment.
Read the announcement here!
You can read more about his career change on the Great Harvest Business Blog!
When we made the decision to pursue the bakery, we had our sights set on Charleston. But we soon learned that the location had already been claimed and we started considering other places to move.
We thought we had found another good location.
After my internship ended, I spent a morning at GH Charlotte to check out the inner workings
I also wrote this blurb about my roles at the bakery at the time
I DO intend to work at the bakery. No, that’s not a waste of an RD degree!! In fact, all my foodservice and food safety training is going to come in handy dandy RDs work in such a variety of fields that my jobs as a healthy food blogger and bakery owner are actually quite the perfect fit. Not all RDs work in a clinical setting, and I never intended to go into clinical (I had originally wanted to open a private practice but I think already having duel small businesses means I will probably not venture in the private practice direction any more than online consultations someday…)
So, Matt, Karen (my mother-in-law, who is moving to Cville too) and I are going to split the work to our strengths:
Matt with the food science and all operations
Karen with the bookkeeping, legal, payroll paperwork
Me with the marketing, PR, community relations, customer service and bread eating
At least initially, I expect to do a lot more of the hands-on bakery work. But as we get more comfortable with our staff, I hope to step back my hours to part time so I can continue on other paths of life (blog, book, kids!)
Then came the fun part: moving to Cville! As you probably know, we love it here! More than I ever would have imagined.
In late July, right around when we moved, we decided to step away from a scary lease and start our location hunt from scratch. It was a bold move, but we are so glad we did it.
Because we found…McIntire Plaza!
Our future location!
Right now it’s a T-shirt printer, but we hope it will be a swanky bread bakery in a matter of months!
This journey has been nerve-wracking and it’s only just beginning. But we believe in the business, ourselves and of course, bread : )