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Bakery Reality Check

Anyone own a bakery? I need a reality check. I took a year off from my freelance business to go to pastry school in France and also did an internship at a tea salon/patisserie.

I'm trying to decide if I should start a bakery in Vancouver but understand that there are realities of owning my own bakery that go beyond the fantasy that is Meryl Streep in "It's Complicated". I'm also used to owning my own business and am at an age where it seems hard to work at another bakery for a few years before I start out on my own.

What are the pros and cons of owning a bakery? Any advice? Please give me a reality check, but it would be great if you could tell me why you love it too. All I've read are horror stories so far!

Thanks so much.

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