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BY JOE ESTRELLA - firstname.lastname@example.org
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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