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Lucky Guy Bakery Gets A Lucky Break

What's it take to scale up production in a small bakery--in a hurry?

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    Building up the brownie inventory starts well before the Today Show segment even airs.

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    Jershom Bayron is part of the crew building the inventory for Lucky Guy Bakery. On this particular day, they are packaging the gluten free brownies.

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    Humor and whimsy are at the heart of Lucky Guy's marketing scheme.

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    Lucky Guy owner, Joni McGary, shows off some inventory in the walk in cooler at One World Kitchen Share. Several businesses share kitchen space, equipment and walk-in cooler and freezer space, reducing start-up costs for small scale food businesses.

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    Lucky Guy keeps it simple. They make brownies-- six varieties--using high quality, familiar ingredients.

On today’s show we visit Lucky Guy Bakery on the eve of their lucky break.
What happens when a small scale brownie company in Bloomington, Indiana gets featured on The Today Show?
We’ll talk with owner Joni McGary to find out.

Lucky Guy Bakery operates in the One World Kitchen Share. Businesses rent kitchen space by the hour, and avoid some of the capital investment associated with starting a food business. For more on this project, listen to  the Earth Eats story from 2016.


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Kayte Young

Kayte Young discovered her passion for growing, cooking, foraging and preserving fresh food when she moved to Bloomington in 2007. With a background in construction, architecture, nutrition education and writing, she brings curiosity and a love of storytelling to a show about all things edible. Kayte raises bees, a small family and a yard full of food in Bloomington’s McDoel Gardens neighborhood.

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