SIOUX FALLS, SD -
If you work for someone else, at some point you've probably dreamed about starting your own business.
A Sioux Falls man left a demanding corporate job in Minneapolis to move back home to start up his own bread bakery. Now eight months into his new venture, he's tasting success.
It's an unlikely spot for a bakery. But for David Napolitano, his parents’ garage is proving to be the perfect place to start up a new business.
"I wanted to start with the lowest overhead I could and do the best I could while I got started," Napolitano said.
Napolitano left his full-time job at a pharmaceutical company to bake bread.
"There's no hard and fast secret to it," Napolitano said.
Through trial and error and a small stint in a retail bakery, he learned his new trade.
"I like seeing the work of my hands. I like seeing the end product. You can see everything you did right; everything you did wrong. You start a project in the morning and finish it at night time," Napolitano said.
But Napolitano has also discovered it's a lot different running your own business than working an eight-to-five job. For him, baking these artisan loaves by hand is a 24/7 labor of love.
"You have to have a passion to carry you through any kind of project. Running a business is a lot like starting a project and seeing it through than it is just showing up. It's a matter of having the passion to do that," Napolitano said.
Napolitano uses all local products.
"Everything I bake is my original recipe," Napolitano said.
And bakes at least 12 different varieties of bread.
"Garlic and rosemary, apricot and hazelnut, golden raisins and herbs de Provence, sunflower bread, baguette, Prairie French bread, French bread with a fennel seed, blue wheat," Napolitano said.
He's been amazed at the response from his customers. Two local restaurants now serve his bread and Napolitano says his business has been growing just by word of mouth.
"People are really appreciating the finer quality; the time it takes to make a product like this. I think in Sioux Falls there's a little culinary renaissance happening and I'm happy to be a part of it," Napolitano said.
Napolitano's bread is available at the Farmer's Market at 8th and Railroad on Saturdays in Sioux Falls. He also provides the bread for M.B. Haskett Delicatessen and Josiah's Coffeehouse.
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