“I don’t think the American Dream was ever supposed to be a life of leisure”….Twelve-hour days are part of the norm. They start before dawn, rolling up their sleeves to bake fresh loaves of bread, muffins and scones. They finish at home, paying the monthly bills and running household errands, long after the ovens shut down for the day.
“Yes, life is good,” said Tina Yancey, owner of the Great Harvest store off Adams Road in Birmingham. “We just got the contract for the Original Pancake House — three locations, no less — and they want us to start right away.
Every so often, we get invited to a different kind of opportunity. A couple of weeks ago, we were invited to bake some bread with the extremely passionate Husband and Wife team over at the Great Harvest Bread Co. of Birmingham.
Time is something she lost. It somehow stumbled out the door when she and her husband, Kevin, took over the Great Harvest Bread Co. in January 2010. It fell through a crack after she found herself setting the alarm for 3 a.m. so she could quickly dress, gulp down some coffee and head toward the bakery…
If the economy was tough in Vegas in 2009, it was brutal in Michigan. The Great Harvest outlet in Birmingham had been purchased by someone else in 2002, but the store was not doing well….on Jan. 17, Tina and Kevin bought the business from the bank.
Tina, the owner of Great Harvest Bread Co. in Birmingham invited me and my kids to attend a tour of her bakery. Tina offers free tours to schools, troops, home schooled kids, mom groups, play dates, etc. The minimum number of children needed to hold a tour at the Great Harvest Bread Co. is 5, and they can accomodate up to about 25 kids
Great Harvest Bread Co., which was bought out of receivership last Jan. by husband and wife team Tina and Kevin Yancey, has a new look after undergoing a $25,000 renovation. The Yancey’s opened their first Great Harvest franchise in Las Vegas in 2007 but sold it just nine months after re-opening the Birmingham in Jan. 2010.
Tina and Kevin Yancey have taken the reigns of the Great Harvest Bread Co. Not only does Yancey educate customers about the benefits of whole grains and provide baked goods made from scratch daily, they believe in giving back to the community.