Friday, March 26, 2010

Wild West's famous sticky buns are back in Eagle - Full Article


Former owner Naomi Preston wants to revive her Eagle bakery and espresso shop

Naomi Preston always enjoyed competition, whether participating in endurance horse racing or trying to unseat then-Idaho Congressman Butch Otter in 2004.

It was no surprise, then, when Preston couldn't resist the challenge of returning to her former Eagle business, Wild West Bakery & Espresso, in the midst of the worst economic downturn in decades.

"I feel a little bit like Jay Leno," Preston said about her return to her old location at 83 E. State St., where she opened 16 years ago in space leased from a downtown plumbing supply shop.

Preston and her husband, Lee Pearce, were living on their 300-acre horse ranch outside of Baker City, Ore., in December when her former store manager, Michelle Baker, called with news that Preston's former business - which had been converted to a bistro and wine bar - was going under.

"That's when my world changed," Preston said. "This (business) had always been my baby. I could have walked away, or I could try and save my investment."

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