Local bakery heads to White House

Local bakery heads to White House

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by NewsChannel 36 Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on November 3, 2011 at 6:19 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 4 at 7:21 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Two Charlotte business owners are in Washington Friday for a meeting at the White House.

The Obama administration singled out Amelie's French Bakery, a place the owners say has taken off beyond their wildest dreams.

Amelie's is one of just 100 businesses nationwide asked by the White House Business Council to attend a forum Friday at the White House.

"I think it started out with a round table discussion with Mayor Foxx on women business owners.  From there I started getting phone calls from people in the (Obama) administration.  So I'm going to guess that Mayor Foxx passed on the information about Amelie's," owner Lynn St. Laurent said.

When their business in NoDa started in 2008, owners Lynn St. Laurent and Brenda Ische had just three employees.  Now there are close to 70.
    
The place is open 24 hours a day and pretty much all 24 hours there is a crowd gathered inside.

"We don't have a traditional restaurant background.  We started out initially just wanting a family bakery ... we just paid attention to our customers and paid attention to our employees and focused on the things that made us happy," St. Laurent said.

The two owners hope to learn from other owners at the meeting and express some frustrations small businesses face.

They brought three little boxes with three of their customers' favorite baked goods to Washington with them.

 

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