Baking Up a Business from Scratch

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BAKING UP A BUSINESS FROM SCRATCH

by Jane Ammeson for  on December 15, 2013 in Winter 2013
Photography by Ashley Dru

Christy’s Bakery and Produce

Marianne Christy first started turning out cookies when she was 5 years old and was soon helping her mother prepare Sunday dinners, assisting her grandmother in baking bread on a wood-burning stove and even learning how to cut up chickens with her dad.

“I had a lot of teachers in the kitchen,” says Christy, owner of Christy’s Bakery and Produce.

“I love to create all types of food.”

Marianne

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Her mantra is sustainable, local, organic and simple.

When Christy was making the decision to go from home baker to entrepreneur, she signed up for the Niles Entrepreneurial and Culinary Incubator (NECI). “The Niles incubator helped me realize that I wanted something bigger, something that has been developing over my life,” says Christy. “My dream has always been to own a diner, cafe or coffeehouse and the incubator was a great stepping stone for making that dream a reality.”

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“What I’ve always wanted is emerging,” she says. “It’s about to be real.”

(click here to read the full article, highlighting other local women entrepreneurs in Edible Michiana)

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