The day starts early at Great Harvest Bread Co., where grain gurus Blake, Sharon, and Mike bake loaf after loaf of all-natural, housemade bread. Each batch of dough begins with freshly ground whole-wheat flour milled from family-owned farms in Montana. Salt, yeast, and local honey soon follow. By 9:30 a.m., the Stoimenoffs start pulling their first loaves from the oven, handing out warm, complimentary slices to customers as they enter the store. The bread schedule changes every day, but patrons can always purchase seven of the shop’s mainstays: honey whole wheat, white, nine grain, and four varieties of cinnamon swirl.
Great Harvest’s breads can surely stand alone, but that doesn’t stop the Stoimenoffs from offering made-to-order sandwiches stacked with ham, turkey, or chicken and three types of cheese. For dessert or a sweet breakfast, patrons can grab pumpkin cream-cheese scones and low-fat raspberry muffins, or—if they're kids or adults disguised as kids—score cookies on the house.