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Growing Long Beach

Release Date: 2019-01-14

By: Samantha Mehlinger

Through a unique program offering 0% interest loans – half crowd-funded and half paid with matching dollars – Long Beach baker Arturo Enciso was able to raise $10,000 to help meet growing demand for his homemade breads.

What began six years ago as a hobby for Enciso – making bread and pizzas for friends – quickly turned into a passion. “I would travel to take baking classes in L.A., Vermont. I went to Spain. I wanted to get as much information as I could,” Enciso told the Business Journal at his in-home bakery on Chestnut Avenue. As a cottage industry baker, Enciso holds a special license that allows him to sell his creations from his home.

Enciso’s creations are based off European-style breads such as rustic loaves and baguettes. He is also inspired by his Mexican heritage. “I have a lot of family members that worked at bakeries, and now they see me having this passion so they tell me stories,” he said.

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