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Pam Weekes and Connie McDonald

Biography

Connie McDonald and Pam Weekes, co-founders of Levain Bakery, met at a swimming pool. At the time Connie worked in banking and Pam in fashion, and they shared a passion for swimming and triathlons. Out of this passion emerged the inspiration for Levain Bakery.

In 1994 as these two were training for an Ironman, they discovered they not only shared a love of serious competition, but they also shared a love for food. From those brainstorming sessions, they created what would become their signature item: a six-ounce chocolate chip walnut cookie made from the freshest... READ MORE

Connie McDonald and Pam Weekes, co-founders of Levain Bakery, met at a swimming pool. At the time Connie worked in banking and Pam in fashion, and they shared a passion for swimming and triathlons. Out of this passion emerged the inspiration for Levain Bakery.

In 1994 as these two were training for an Ironman, they discovered they not only shared a love of serious competition, but they also shared a love for food. From those brainstorming sessions, they created what would become their signature item: a six-ounce chocolate chip walnut cookie made from the freshest ingredients. In 1995 Connie and Pam left their jobs and launched Levain Bakery.

From the beginning Levain Bakery has been a comfortable and inviting presence with a steady stream of community regulars and tourists loyal to its diverse assortment of freshly baked products. The menu includes an inventive array of rustic breads and other equally creative takes on traditional baked goods, and of course the well-loved cookies. Their business mission from the start was to bake everything fresh and on site each day and to donate the day’s leftovers to charity each night, a mission that remains solidly in place.

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