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She jumped into the bakery business; now she’s baking in Middletown

hessphoto12 3 14webPress And Journal Photo by Jim Lewis -- Mary J. Hess stands next to a display of her baked goods at Macri’s.

Mary J. Hess was working in an office at a private school that her daughter attended when she and a coworker in the cafeteria decided to take a bold career turn: They would buy a bakery together.

They took over a bakery along Route 22 in the Harrisburg suburbs, a move that was “very daunting,’’ Hess admits, because she had never even operated her own business before.

It’s one thing to dream of baking your own loaves of fresh bread daily to sell to a grateful clientele, but it’s another to actually do it.

“It was tough, but we did it – we got it down to a science,’’ she said.

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