Working Lunch

January 12, 2011

I’m really enjoying the business numbers day. And I feel SO much better about opening a business after realizing how much support we have and things set up for us that would take eons to create from scratch!

I’m also surprised how many of you are from Kirkwood, MO! Tom and Judy hope to open doors this spring.

More of the owners here are Jerry from the super exciting existing Lafayette, Indiana store

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Sterling from upcoming Nashua, New Hampshire store

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and Matt and Rachel from the Greenwood Village, Colorado store (turning over ownership on February 1!)

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Are any of those your hometowns!?

Snacks!

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And our working QuickBooks lunch!

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Turkey Sandwich (I think there were cranberries involved!? It was great!)

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Pasta salad and green salad

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Los chips

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Super delicious lunch!

I’m now ruining my teeth with a butterscotch hard candy!

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1 Stephanie January 12, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Do they have Great Harvest in Iowa? I guess I could google that. :)

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2 Jen K January 13, 2011 at 10:54 am

There is a GH in Des Moines, IA on Ingersoll Ave.

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3 kate January 13, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Ive visisted the one in Omaha too when Im driving through from Iowa City.

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4 Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin January 12, 2011 at 4:16 pm

That lunch looks way better than the typical business lunches I have!

I wonder if there are any GH’s in DC!?

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5 rebecca January 12, 2011 at 6:03 pm

Beth, There are Great Harvests in Alexandria and in Rockville! Definitely check them out!

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6 Mary Frances January 12, 2011 at 11:47 pm

Also, just outside of DC (the other directions) Annapolis and Columbia. I have met Pam and Tom from the Annapolis store… delightful–super cool and a great store!

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7 Jessie Groszkowski January 13, 2011 at 11:17 am

Beth,

Come visit us in Herndon or Vienna VA!

Tim & Jess Groszkowski
Owner GHBC -Herndon/Vienna

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8 Taylor (Delish World) January 13, 2011 at 12:05 pm

I work right down the street from your Vienna location. I’m heading over on my lunch break!

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9 Jessie Groszkowski January 13, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Awesome!! Enjoy:)

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10 Emily @ One Sweet Vegan January 12, 2011 at 4:16 pm

I need to find out where the CA locations are and visit the closest one to me.

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11 Tami Jo January 13, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Emily,

I had to search it out. It is in Folsom on Bidwell next to Trader Joes. I didn’t know what to expect and when I walked in and they offered me a whole piece with butter and honey, I about died. It was so yummy. I was hoping to find some of those whole grain buns like Kath made sandwiches out of, but no such luck. I guess that is where the owner can be creative.

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12 Liz January 12, 2011 at 4:16 pm

I think you mean Lafayette, IN… I went to Purdue! Boiler Up!

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13 Megan January 12, 2011 at 4:22 pm

I was just going to say the same thing! Go Boilers!

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14 Sandy January 13, 2011 at 12:30 am

Me too! Boiler Up. I live about 90 miles south now but will look them up the next time I am in Lafayette. When is Jerry opening?

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15 Evan Thomas January 12, 2011 at 4:18 pm

I had no idea there’s a Great Harvest in Nashua. That’s not too far from me.

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16 Shannon January 12, 2011 at 4:21 pm

I think there’s one in Newton, MA too… not sure how far that is from you.

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17 Errign January 12, 2011 at 4:31 pm

I am excited about this Nashua thing! Nothing cool ever happens in NH!

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18 Sterling Eanes January 12, 2011 at 5:13 pm

The Great Harvest in Nashua, NH will be opening within the next couple of months. See our Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/greatharvestnashua) for the latest news. We will be in Nashua, NH at 4 Sunapee Street (actually on Amherst Street across from the Country Tavern restaurant at the site of the Blushing Rose). We’re looking forward to bringing Great Harvest whole grain breads to NH!

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19 Sarah January 13, 2011 at 9:35 am

Sterling – I am SO excited to see Great Harvest in NH! We moved to NH from St. Paul, MN a year ago and have been without Great Harvest bread since then!!! I make a monthly trek from Concord to Nashua for Trader Joes and Costco…looks like Great Harvest will now be on the list as well. Good luck to you and hope to see you soon.

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20 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg January 12, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Lafayette, INDIANA, Kath!!!! :-)

I know, because that’s where I used to get my high fiber flax fix when I was in grad school. SIGH. I miss it!!!

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21 Ashley @ Will Run for Food January 12, 2011 at 4:21 pm

I just got really excited about the Nashua, NH location!! Can’t wait (though it’s a bit of a drive for me)!

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22 Errign January 12, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Same here :) It’s like 1.5 hours for me, but I just might make that trek one of these days!

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23 Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes January 12, 2011 at 4:23 pm

yum! that’s a great looking lunch….sure wish a great harvest was a’comin’ to our town! We’re too far in the sticks though, i’m afraid! Thankfully, i adore making bread…but I’d love to try all their “specialty” kinds!

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24 Kath January 12, 2011 at 4:24 pm

OOOPS – FIXED Indiana!

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25 stacey-healthylife January 12, 2011 at 4:24 pm

It’s so fun to watch this process from the start, best of luck.

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26 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 12, 2011 at 4:26 pm

That lunch looks delicious!!! And butterscotch candies are the best way to end meals… Werthers Originals are my biggest weakness!

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27 Trish @I_am_Succeeding January 12, 2011 at 4:28 pm

I love me a
turkey sammie with cranberry mayo!! Looks good!!

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28 Erika @ FoodFitnessFun January 12, 2011 at 4:33 pm

That food looks SO good. That sandwich looks delicious – almost like the sandwich I made to use up my Thanksgiving leftovers. Mmmm… :-)

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29 Blog is the New Black January 12, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Drooling over that turkey sandwich!

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30 Lisa (bakebikeblog) January 12, 2011 at 4:36 pm

Yummo! That is one good looking sandwich!

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31 Heather (Heather's Dish) January 12, 2011 at 4:40 pm

that sandwich looks amazing! i love when cranberries are incorporated into sandwiches :)

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32 Annette January 12, 2011 at 4:41 pm

I am from right near Kirkwood, MO! How fun that the store is coming there :) Your lunch looks very delish…..YUMM!

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33 Kelsey @ Clean Teen Kelsey January 12, 2011 at 4:41 pm

I went to Great Harvest today and it made me think of you! lol. I tried the High Five Fiber, and it is awesome. Your business trip looks like it’s so much fun!

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34 Estela @ Weekly Bite January 12, 2011 at 4:41 pm

What a productive day! I love butterscotch hard candy :)

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35 Natalia - a side of simple January 12, 2011 at 4:45 pm

I would never have a problem working if I could attend these types of lunches :) Butterscotch candy acts as a barrier against cavities, didn’t you know that? ;)

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36 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) January 12, 2011 at 4:50 pm

I wish they would come to Orange County! I need to see what this bread is all about :)

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37 Kate January 12, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Not from Lafayette but Indianapolis. Any chance you could prevail on someone to open one in Indianapolis Kath?

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38 Sandy January 13, 2011 at 12:31 am

Franklin, IN and I am wishing for our own store too!

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39 Christin@purplebirdblog January 12, 2011 at 4:54 pm

That pasta salad looks great!!! :)

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40 Rachel January 12, 2011 at 4:54 pm

Oh, I just got so excited.. I’m from Nashua! I can’t wait to try out Great Harvest bread! :)

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41 Errign January 13, 2011 at 8:34 am

Another NH dweller :) I live in the White Mountains :)

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42 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) January 12, 2011 at 4:55 pm

I wish there was one coming closer to me. There is one not too far, but just far enough away to not be convenient. Oh well, maybe soon! Enjoy your afternoon!

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43 Maryann January 12, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Cranberry and turkey is the best! I living in cali now but I used to go to Great Harvest in Seattle and loved it!

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44 ruby red January 12, 2011 at 4:56 pm

Yes, I was born in Kirkwood, MO!! And I am so glad you can post so often during your GH trip. I live for your posts! They make me so happy! I love getting comfortable and sitting down to a couple of KERF posts :)

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45 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) January 12, 2011 at 4:58 pm

oooh i love butterscotch candies, even when they stick to my teeth :)

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46 Kelly January 12, 2011 at 4:58 pm

That sounds like something you call your mom to say. “Mom, I’m running with scissors.” “Mom, I’m ruining my teeth with candy.” :) And I’m an adult and you can’t stop me!

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47 Colleen January 12, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Yay! I live in Mass. but I’m only 20 minutes from Nashua, NH :) I can’t wait for it to open!

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48 Stacey - The Habit of Healthy January 12, 2011 at 5:06 pm

It looks like you are having a great time and they are providing you with some fab food!

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49 Hilary January 12, 2011 at 5:07 pm

I was really excited when I saw Kirkwood, MO! There’s another Great Harvest in the St. Louis area but Kirkwood is so much closer to me! We actually stopped last night and bought some spinach and feta bread and some 9 grain rolls. Can I just say I was in pure bliss when I tried some of the spinach and feta?! So delicious!!

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50 Anna @ History Running Girl January 12, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Kirkwood is super close to St. Louis! Excited to see Kirkwood/St. Louis represent!

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51 Jasmine @ Eat Move Write January 12, 2011 at 5:28 pm

I’m originally from Indiana, though pretty south of Lafayette. I didn’t realize how big Great Harvest is! I wish there was one in San Diego!

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52 Simply Life January 12, 2011 at 5:31 pm

Great looking lunch – what an exciting thing to be a part of!

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53 Carla @ Will Run for Health January 12, 2011 at 5:31 pm

I think I read that Charleston, SC has a store coming? Is that correct?

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54 Kath January 12, 2011 at 5:47 pm

Already open!!

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55 Kristi January 12, 2011 at 5:38 pm

YUMO lunch!!!!!!! Im not even hungry and it made my mouth water!!!

Have you guys decided if you are going to ship bread from your location?!?!

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56 Kath January 12, 2011 at 5:48 pm

We really can’t if there’s a location in your hometown. I’m not sure it would be profitable for us (and a lot of work!) to ship, but something we may consider.

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57 Kristi January 13, 2011 at 10:05 am

There is nothing in middle of nowhere Nebraska! I had never even heard of GH until I stumbled upon your blog a few months ago (and yes, I’ve read every post already :-)) and now its ALL I think about! I checked out the website and the closest is 2-3 hours away. Let us know if you ship! Im sure a lot of readers would support you guys!!!

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58 Emily G. January 13, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Oh no doubt! I lovvvve me some bread..and I drool when I see it here. The closest one to me is about 4 hours :( Boo! Would love if they shipped! They should just put it on OpenSky! lol

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59 Lauren January 12, 2011 at 5:47 pm

I’m from Kirkwood, MO too. Gotta love middle America and visiting my family when I can up there.

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60 Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous! January 12, 2011 at 5:57 pm

What a fun work conference! That is so exciting that ya’ll are starting such a cool new business!

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61 j January 12, 2011 at 6:12 pm

I googled GH & found one 20 minutes from me here in southern NJ, I had no idea! It’s not near my usual travel routes but sounds like a good reason for a detour some day soon. Stay warm, you guys, it’s cold here back east.

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62 Hannah January 12, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Wow, your lunch spreads are so much better than the standard office/business lunch! Go you!

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63 Amanda January 12, 2011 at 6:18 pm

The Lafayette store rocks – and the owners are super nice! We are about 45 mins away and drove there just to eat at the Great Harvest when I started reading your blog – love it!

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64 Jamie January 12, 2011 at 6:18 pm

The one in Greenwood Village is close to my house. I don’t currently buy bread there but you are making me re-think the store bought bread thing. I have seriously been contemplating making my own bread at home. GH bread is okay but I find it to be really dense.

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65 Stacy @ The Girl with the Pug Tattoo January 12, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Lafayette is my GH! I was so excited to see that someone I recognize is on your blog, I get bread there at least a couple times a month :)

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66 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) January 12, 2011 at 6:21 pm

That’s my kind of lunch! YUM YUM

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67 Eliza January 12, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Lafayette in the house!

Oh, wait. I’m about an hour or so away. The closest GH store to me is about 15 minutes away, but I swing up to Lafayette (West Lafayette) a few times a year.

It’s such a small, small Great Harvest world.

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68 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 12, 2011 at 6:32 pm

Yum on that cranberry sandwich!!!

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69 Mary @ Bites and Bliss January 12, 2011 at 6:32 pm

That’s so cool! I mean, most places are “company owned”..but these a real live owners! May be kind of a “duh” thing..but it’s really awesome!

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70 Jo @ Jo's Diet Journey January 12, 2011 at 6:35 pm

Wow that lunch looks AWESOME!

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71 Allison January 12, 2011 at 6:36 pm

So I’ve been reading your blog for about a year (love it!) but have never commented. But had to after this post–I was just in the Lafayette GH in December and met the owner (not that he would remember me). My good friends Doug & Julie live right down the street. Crazy that he’s there at the same time you are! Thanks again for all your posts and great food ideas. As I said, I really enjoy the blog!

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72 Shannon January 12, 2011 at 6:37 pm

I never remember to visit the olivette store, so maybe I’ll hit up the kirkwood one more since it is pretty close to my house. I might feel guilty for not making my own bread though! I try to do that more than buying.

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73 Elizabeth@The Sweet Life January 12, 2011 at 6:41 pm

So fun that you get to meet so many different store owners–that practical support will really help, I’m sure.

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74 Laura (Starloz) January 12, 2011 at 6:43 pm

love your lunch, such variety, great one

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75 MaryBe@AccidentallyVegan January 12, 2011 at 6:48 pm

I hope Great Harvest is happy about all this interest you’re generating! The bread on that sandwich looks like it could promote world peace!

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76 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table January 12, 2011 at 6:54 pm

So exciting! I geek-out over the numbers. :)

P.S. It was warmer there this morning than it was in the South. So. Cold.

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77 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) January 12, 2011 at 6:55 pm

Haha..don’t worry too much about the butterscotch candy! I just found out that it’s more those carbs that stick to our teeth (i.e., crackers and things) that cause ruining of the teeth vs. straight up sugars that dissolve. That is where my problem lies I think, with all my lovely cavities. Hmph.

Nashua NH isn’t too far from me! I’m excited that there will be a Great Harvest opening up there! :D

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78 Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen January 12, 2011 at 6:56 pm

That turkey sandwich looks phenomenal! and yay for a Nashua store – it’s not super close to my mom’s….but for Great Harvest a little trek is definitely worth it!

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79 Maureen January 12, 2011 at 7:25 pm

Oh my goodness you just made my day!!!!!!!! Great Harvest in New Hampshire?!?? I live just outside of Nashua and unfortunately the closest one is a ways away in Mass…..I just squealed a little when I saw that.

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80 Annabet January 12, 2011 at 7:28 pm

No GH in my town (pop. 2000) but one of my best friends lives in Dillon! I’ve been scouring the pictures to see things I recognize. I should tell her to watch for you so she could accidentally be in the background of one of your pictures – an “extra” if you will!!

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81 Cathy January 12, 2011 at 7:28 pm

I’m from Lafayette! When I’m back home in the summertime I always go to the farmer’s market and visit the Great Harvest stand to get a loaf :)

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82 Christina January 12, 2011 at 7:35 pm

You are so close to me visiting Dillon. I am in Pocatello, ID. I check your site often for food inspiration. I have heard rumors that Great Harvest uses a lot of high fructose corn syrup. Is this true. I do love their bread but try to stay clear of high fructose corn syrup.

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83 Evelyn January 12, 2011 at 7:45 pm

Well, Kirkwood Mo is technically a part of St. Louis so even though you probably never heard of Kirkwood I’m sure you wouldn’t be surprised to know you have many readers from St. Louis :)

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84 courtney January 12, 2011 at 7:56 pm

Greenwood Village is not too far from me–I’m going to have to stop by and say hello! And buy some Asiago Pepper Bomb… LOVE that stuff!

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85 Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle January 12, 2011 at 7:58 pm

looks like a wonderful lunch! THe past 3 days all I’ve done is work during my lunch hour!

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86 Ashley @ the fit academic January 12, 2011 at 8:10 pm

That sandwich looks AMAZING! I love cranberries!

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87 Anne January 12, 2011 at 8:28 pm

The Greenwood Village store is just down the street from my office! We get lunch ordered in for meetings from that store!

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88 Melissa January 12, 2011 at 8:37 pm

I live in Lafayette, Indiana right now and fell in love with Great Harvest bread because it!

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89 Katelyn January 12, 2011 at 9:06 pm

I used to live in Concord, New Hampshire, and we went to Nashua alllll the time:) Give him a New Hampshire holla for me!

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90 Amy at TheSceneFromMe January 12, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Ah, I live in Indiana and Lafayette isn’t far! Glad to see GH coming near me!

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91 Michelle @ Chasing Ambulances January 12, 2011 at 9:47 pm

I’m excited to see all the people from Kirkwood/St. Louis speak up! Kirkwood is super close to where I live too :)

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92 Kaitlin January 12, 2011 at 9:59 pm

I love the turkey/cranberry combo! So fresh :)

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93 Justeen @ Blissful Baking January 12, 2011 at 10:04 pm

I would love to go to a GH and eat the delicious bread that you’ve been talking about! I think there is one in my hometown, Portland, OR, but I’m not sure about Cleveland, where I am currently living.

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94 Alaina January 12, 2011 at 10:44 pm

Nashua is not too far from where I am in MA!

Looks like a delicious lunch spread. I love when they have salads and other fresh options. Cookies and chips just never suffice. :-)

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95 Maria @ The Fitted Apron January 12, 2011 at 10:55 pm

Lafayette is about an hour and fifteen minutes away from Indianapolis. I’ll have to check it out sometime.

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96 Erin January 12, 2011 at 11:04 pm

Woo hoo K-Wood!! I am an StL native, but now live in North Dallas. Any Dallasians up in Montana with you? I’d love to have one close to me, but alas, the closest GH is about 45 minutes away, in Flower Mound. Boo.

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97 Janna January 12, 2011 at 11:05 pm

Kath! You’re eating my sandwich! Its called the T3C (Turkey Cranberry and… 3 of something). :)
I LOVE SWEETWATER CAFE! :)

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98 Kath January 12, 2011 at 11:09 pm

HAHA! I forgot to shout out to Sweetwater!! It was delicious!

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99 Kate January 12, 2011 at 11:06 pm

shouldout to the midwest, which is where I’m at :) Layfayette, IN has a Caterpillar plant (my town has their headquarters). Kirkwood, MO is where Truman State is (that’s all I know about that town). A friend is from Greenwood Village, CO…so you’ve covered your bases.

I actually live just a few miles from a Great Harvest but never go there..might have to check it out though…it’s been here a few years

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100 Erin January 13, 2011 at 10:47 am

Actually, Kirkwood is an inner suburb of St. Louis. Truman State is in Kirksville…which is in northeast Missouri and literally has NOTHING to do except Truman State.

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101 Casey January 13, 2011 at 8:52 am

i’m from Nashua, NH! I Can’t wait!!

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102 Sara January 13, 2011 at 8:56 am

Shout out to Lafayette, IN. I live about 45 min. south. closest GH to me.

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103 Brittney January 13, 2011 at 9:57 am

One of my best friends lives in Nashua, NH! I’ll have to tell her to go to the new GH store when it opens :)

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104 Joy January 13, 2011 at 10:24 am

Yay for Nashua!!

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105 Tori January 13, 2011 at 10:42 am

I’ve been wanting to try Great Harvest since I started reading your blog, but there wasn’t one nearby…or so I thought! The one in Greenwood Village, CO is about 15 minutes from my house. Yay!! Thanks for the heads up!

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106 Ahn Ei (Flatiron Flavor) January 13, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Where are all the Colorado people?! :)

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107 Nikki January 13, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Honestly, we have a Great Harvest in our town, but it lacks in the awesome it seems like it should have! Does that make sense? Half of the amazing breads you post about are nowhere to be found :(

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108 Lindsey January 13, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Hey! I live in West Lafayette (next to Lafayette), IN and I used to live really close to Nashua, NH! Small world! I guess that this is a sign: I need more good bread in my life!

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109 Carla January 14, 2011 at 3:54 pm

I have a daughter in Kirkwood Mo and a son in Lafayette, IN. I love reading your blog!

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110 Katie August 13, 2011 at 10:28 am

I am going to school at Purdue (leaving on Wednesday!) and I applied to work at Jerry’s GH!!! :) I have an interview on the 18th. :) :) :)

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111 KathEats August 13, 2011 at 10:29 am

Good luck!!

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