The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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June 12, 2013

Under new ownership

Medina Journal-Register — When Dave and Bonnie Reigle opened up their Main Street location a little over a year ago, the idea was to promote the produce grown on their farm. One thing they did not offer at their produce stand on Ridge Road was an assortment of baked goods.

That entered the picture last spring when Reigle’s on Main welcomed the public. As it turned out, the couple wound up the victims of their own success.

“Things are going awesome, but that’s why we have to sell,” said Bonnie Reigle. “The bakery took off like we never anticipated. We’re farmers at heart, not bakers, and we just couldn’t keep up.”

Reigle said the bakery was originally supposed to be a side business meant to complement the produce. Customers bought the breads at an overwhelming rate, though, which led to the decision to sell the business. The new owners — Lissa Stewart-Jones and Lori Brien, both Medina natives — will be able to focus more on the baking, Reigle said.

“It’s not my passion to bake all day, so we looked to pass it along,” she said. A simple Facebook post alerting people to the business being up for sale elicited quite a reaction.

“People seem to love the concept here and they don’t want it to leave,” she said.

Stewart-Jones and Brien have known each other since childhood and have been friends with Reigle for years. Stewart-Jones said she texted Brien immediately after reading the Facebook post.

“I told her, ‘Reigle’s up for sale, can dreams really come true?…’ and by the next day we decided to do it,” she recalled. “We really enjoy baking and cooking, and this is an opportunity that presented itself.” 

Reigle’s on Main will close on June 22 for a few weeks while Stewart-Jones and Brien finalize their purchase of the store. Their goal is to reopen in early July with a few minor changes.

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