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Kentucky Boon

One couple finds hands-on work and plenty of dough.

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This story appears in the February 2001 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

For Paula and Ron King, it's all about the dough. As franchisees for Great Harvest Bread Co., they know a good loaf when they see one. This husband-and-wife team opened their first bread store in 1985 in Lexington, Kentucky. With no prior experience in the bread business, Paula and Ron moved from Denver to Lexington in pursuit of a simpler life-and their new franchise.

"We love good bread and we love to cook," Ron says. "It was a confluence of all kinds of things, both personal and professional."With $45,000 in start-up capital, the Kings learned the delicate art of baking bread from Great Harvest's founders, Pete and Laura Wakeman. The Wake-mans spent 10 days with the Kings at their Lexington location-the first Great Harvest franchise east of the Mississippi. After years of rising early, the Kings opened their second Lexington location in 1993.

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