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11 Tours in Bakeries

Bud's Best Cookies
Hoover, AL

Prior to starting Bud?s Best in 1991, Bud Cason owned and ran Greg?s Cookies in Birmingham. He purchased the business in 1970. Sales were only one million dollars per year. In 1983, he purchased Bishop Baking Company (a snack cake company) in Cleveland TN. He sold the two companies in 1986 when revenues were 23 million. Bud had to sign a 5-year non-compete agreement.

Bud?s Best Cookies began construction of the 89,000 sq. ft. building in 1991. The first cookies were sold in April of 1993. Sales for 1993 were 1.8 million. Bud Cason started a whole new concept (bite ...
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Collin Street Bakery
Corsicana, TX

Our family-owned-and-operated bakery, located just 50 miles south of Dallas, Texas, has been baking the world-famous DeLuxe Fruitcake for over 100 years.

The DeLuxe you order today is still baked true to the Old-World recipe brought to Corsicana, Texas from Wiesbaden, Germany in 1896 by master baker Gus Wiedmann. He and his partner, Tom McElwee, built a lively business in turn-of-the-century Corsicana which included an elegant hotel on the top floor of the bakery. Many famous guests enjoyed their fine hospitality including Enrico Caruso, Will Rogers, John J. McGraw, "Gentleman Jim" Corbett and John Ringling.

In fact, the bakery was ...
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Eli?s Cheesecake World
Chicago, IL

Eli?s Cheesecake World is the only place where you can see Chicago?s favorite dessert actually being made. It?s fun and educational to watch Eli?s bakers busy at work. Visit our 62,000 square foot state-of-the-art bakery and enjoy a slice of Eli?s rich, creamy Cheesecake! Then shop in our café, or visit the cheesecake bar where over 30 different flavors are available by the slice each day. Come and taste why Bill and Hillary Clinton, Jay Leno, Donny Osmond, Susan Lucci, Larry King and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley are just a few of Eli?s many fans!

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Finagle a Bagel
Newton, MA

After graduating from business school in Boston, Laura Trust and Alan Litchman found jobs in Corporate America and ended up on a job assignment in Hong Kong. Wanting to do something on their own, they considered starting an American restaurant concept in Hong Kong. While doing due diligence, they found Finagle, at that time a 5-unit chain. Laura and Alan bought the company, got married, and returned home to Boston to try to grow the company there.

Twelve years later, with stores throughout the Boston and Metro Boston area, Alan and Laura received hundreds of letters from Bostonians who had ...
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Intercourse Pretzel Factory
Intercourse, PA

In October of 1995 the Intercourse Pretzel Factory opened its doors, but it was actually an accident... When Cross Keys Village changed to a retail center, an old pretzel company from Lancaster agreed to move their factory to the complex, as an anchor for the property. The building was renovated, but in the meantime, the folks changed their minds!

As a theme designer for restaurants, Donna Clark developed themes and then found a tenant for properties. At the Cross Keys Village Center, the product (handmade pretzels) and the concept (a working pretzel factory) were intriguing to Donna, so she ...
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Mee Mee Bakery
San Francisco, CA

Since 1950, Mee Mee Bakery, located in San Francisco's Chinatown, has been making fresh fortune cookies daily from our bakery to individuals, restaurants, and special events. We produce the Shangri-La Brand and besides making great tasting fortune cookies, we also make fresh breads, almond and sesame cookies, and chinese pastries.


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Mrs Baird's Bakery (Fort Worth)
Fort Worth, TX

Ninnie Baird was a remarkable woman...

In a day and age when it was rare for a woman to become a successful entrepreneur, she was. But the founding of Mrs Baird's Bread wasn't exactly a smooth road.

In 1901 William and Ninnie Baird brought their family from Tennessee to Fort Worth, Texas. William, a restaurateur by trade, set up a business in downtown Fort Worth selling popcorn from a bright red cart with brass fittings and a loud steam whistle. Within months his success led him to buy another popcorn cart which was run by his oldest son, Dewey, only ...
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Mrs Baird's Bakery (Houston)
Houston, TX

Ninnie Baird was a remarkable woman...

In a day and age when it was rare for a woman to become a successful entrepreneur, she was. But the founding of Mrs Baird's Bread wasn't exactly a smooth road.

In 1901 William and Ninnie Baird brought their family from Tennessee to Fort Worth, Texas. William, a restaurateur by trade, set up a business in downtown Fort Worth selling popcorn from a bright red cart with brass fittings and a loud steam whistle. Within months his success led him to buy another popcorn cart which was run by his oldest son, Dewey, only ...
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Mrs Baird's Bakery (Lubbock)
Lubbock, TX

Ninnie Baird was a remarkable woman...

In a day and age when it was rare for a woman to become a successful entrepreneur, she was. But the founding of Mrs Baird's Bread wasn't exactly a smooth road.

In 1901 William and Ninnie Baird brought their family from Tennessee to Fort Worth, Texas. William, a restaurateur by trade, set up a business in downtown Fort Worth selling popcorn from a bright red cart with brass fittings and a loud steam whistle. Within months his success led him to buy another popcorn cart which was run by his oldest son, Dewey, only ...
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Revonah Pretzel
Hanover, PA

Hand-made pretzel bakery, dough mixing, pretzel twisting (rolling) dip and bake, kiln dry and pack. Outlet store.


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Utz Snacks
Hanover, PA

Utz Quality Foods, Inc. was started in 1921 by Bill and Salie Utz in Hanover, Pennsylvania. Bill Utz, dissatisfied with the quality of potato chips being produced at the time, believed so strongly in the marketability of a wholesome quality chip that he quit his job and risked it all to begin producing the couple's own brand of potato chips.

Under the brand name of "Hanover Home Brand Potato Chips", Salie used her knowledge of good Pennsylvania Dutch cooking to make the chips in a small summer house behind their home on McAllister Street.

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