Bites: A Buffalo Bakery Selling Treats and Shares

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The Whitney has roast beef, Cheddar, coleslaw and greens on sourdough bread.

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Beth Insalaco

Since BreadHive Cafe opened on Buffalo’s west side in July, customers have been walking in as if they own the place.

In a way, some do. An offshoot of BreadHive, a beloved local bakery that operates as a workers’ cooperative, the cafe raised start-up capital by selling nonvoting shares to locals. Each share cost $1,000 and guarantees delicious profits: A 3 percent annual return, and free bread through the Crust Belt, BreadHive’s loaf-of-the-week club. “Our investors are our biggest cheerleaders,” said Emily Stewart, one of BreadHive’s three founders. The cafe itself has…

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