About 29 Loaves

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In 2016, I purchased a 5-acre parcel in Desert Heights, 29 Palms, where a weathered wooden cabin stood as a testament to the harsh desert conditions. After the cabin eventually succumbed to the elements and collapsed, I chose simplicity and functionality, erecting a small Quonset Hut on the existing foundation. This spot, primarily our weekend retreat, allowed us to immerse ourselves in the surrounding nature and witness the burgeoning growth along Highway 62, where new restaurants and stores were rapidly appearing.

Originally from Long Island, NY, my entrepreneurial spirit was kindled in Manhattan in 1995 when I founded PILLAR, an IT support company. This venture not only thrived but also turned clients into friends as I enhanced their technical operations. Drawing from this enriching experience, I launched 29 Loaves in this developing desert community to connect and uplift people through food, much like I had through technology.

At 29 Loaves, I am dedicated to enriching the local food scene by introducing quality New York-style bagels, a novelty in the desert. Launched from my home kitchen under a Cottage Food Operation, this venture has received enthusiastic feedback, affirming its promise. More than just a business, 29 Loaves serves as a culinary bridge from my past to the present, aiming to diversify and enhance the food options available in this remote area. By offering these beloved staples, I not only cater to the community's taste buds but also foster connection and joy, echoing the community impact I strived for with PILLAR. This journey showcases my commitment to turning challenges into opportunities and spreading smiles through both technology and culinary ventures.

Follow my journey on Instagram @29loaves, and don't hesitate to drop suggestions or just say hi. Thanks for stopping by, and I can't wait to delight your taste buds!

Richard smiling with glasses with the backdrop of Desert Heights

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I embed the FLIP insurance company I use for my bakery here. I might be a newbie to baking but not to selling to the public.