Great Harvest Bread Co. bakes up goodness
|Kim Hannon and John Smith are celebrating the fifth anniversary of their Great Harvest Bread Co. in Copley this week.
Customers can choose from freshly baked breads and cookies.
|Photo: Kathleen Folkerth|
This week, the couple is marking the achievement with specials at their bakery, 3900 Medina Road, in Montrose Centre. In addition, the bakery will now be open on Mondays.
“We’re still standing, so that’s a good thing,” Hannon said. “We have seen growth. It gets better every year. We’re real proud of our products. It’s good, healthy stuff. We mill our own flour, and it’s nice to do something with your hands that you are proud of.”
The bakery features a selection of freshly baked breads such as honey whole wheat, honey white, Dakota, and white or whole-wheat cinnamon chip. Selection varies daily and can also include pepperoni rolls and spinach rolls, as well as cinnamon rolls. A variety of cookies, such as oatmeal chocolate chip and triple chocolate, and cakes such as lemon blueberry, are available as well.
The store also has expanded by adding sandwiches to the menu from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. Sandwiches range from tuna salad to roast beef and cheddar and are served with chips and a chocolate chip cookie. Great Harvest also will provide delivery for local businesses with the purchase of 10 or more sandwiches in Copley, Bath and Fairlawn with a day’s notice.
Hannon said she and Smith left their jobs in banking and sales to start the business. They first saw a Great Harvest Bread store when they lived in Michigan, and when they looked into getting a franchise, it was a good fit, Hannon said.
The company works with farmers in Montana to grow wheat to its specifications, she said.
“We buy the wheat berries from the franchise and grind it here,” Hannon said. “That’s how we control quality and nutrition. We bake the basic honey whole wheat bread, which has just five ingredients. Beyond that, we can come up with our own recipes and sandwich programs. Every bakery is different.”
Hannon said customers seem to appreciate the bakery’s products because of their economic and nutritional value. All bread loaves are 2 pounds — heavier and denser than most grocery-store breads — and range from $4.75 to $6.95.
“It’s like grandmother used to make,” Hannon said.
The business also offers a free slice of bread to customers who walk in. A variety of gift baskets and boxes are available as well.
Great Harvest Bread is open Mondays through Fridays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 330-666-7497 or go to www.greatharvestfairlawn.com.
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