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November 5, 2014

Faces of Fauquier: He bakes to build community

Photo/Cassandra Brown
“I wanted something I could be proud of, something that was valued by people,” Pablo Teodoro says of starting the bakery.
My hope is that we will continue the upswing, where downtowns will become popular again. All over the U.S., this is happening. I love being on the forefront. In 10 years, I hope to be on the peak of that. Fauquier County is this interesting mix between very progressive and very conservative ideals, simultaneously. It’s like let’s preserve what has been and be avant-garde and new at the same time.
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He specializes in building relationships through his bakery.

Pablo Teodoro III has great zeal for life and knowledge.

As the franchise owner of Great Harvest Bread Co. in Old Town, he chose to open the bakery in Warrenton for two reasons: the complimentary set of surrounding businesses and the sense of community.

Since opening the store four years ago, Mr. Teodoro has made Great Harvest his own through strong customer service. He wants to have people leave happier than when they walked in the door.

“I wanted something I could be proud of, something that was valued by people. In many ways, the bread and the sweets are just a vehicle for something bigger — community.”

He calls interacting with customers and employees his favorite part of the work.

The store employs many young adults, giving them a sense of responsibility with the ability to grow and realize their potential. Several times a year, he invites guest speakers to talk with the staff.

“What I really want is to make a difference in the world and the community by turning out young people who are going to go on to make a difference in their own communities . . . and help customers have a great experience here at Great Harvest.”

A new resident of Warrenton, he has always loved the small town feel.

“Fauquier County is this interesting mix between very progressive and very conservative ideals, simultaneously. It’s like, let’s preserve what has been and be avant-garde and new at the same time,” he said. “It’s a wonderful mix of families who have been here forever and transplants from Fairfax and Arlington.”

• Age

• Home
Town of Warrenton

• Work
Owner of Great Harvest Bread Co. franchise in Old Town Warrenton since April 2010. He has worked in small scale, sustainable farming, started a farmer’s market in Nokesville and helped start a non-profit called Friends Uniting Nokesville. He previously worked 22 years in vehicle service management and customer service.

• Why do you do the job?
I wanted to start a business and sat down and wrote out a list of qualifications for a business. It had to meet my ethical standards, my personal values, something that could potentially include my children and family, something that I was capable of doing and something that would rarely be boring. My list was literally 30 items long. I wanted a job that involved people because I knew I was a people person . . . .

I wanted people to leave happier than when they walked in the door.

I talked to a neighbor who told me about Great Harvest, and I looked at their values and they were almost identical . . . family, freedom and creative expression. I was fascinated by that. I hated the idea of franchises to begin with. To me, if my store looks exactly the same as someone’s down the street, it’s not my store.

Outside of a couple of things, you are given absolute freedom with the Great Harvest Bread Co. franchise. What I love about it is we have been able to create a business that is really part of our community in every sense of the word . . . what it looks like, how it operates, hours.

There is something I think that is mystical about baking . . . that connection with something greater than yourself . . . a connection and value. My belief is that most people spend a third of their lives working and if we work that much you need to enjoy it, if you do something where your personal gifting is being utilized. I believe each person was made to do a certain set of things.

• Family
Wife, Lynda (currently separated); two sons, Paul and Josh; two daughters, Sarah and Abigail.

• Education
Self taught learner. When I was young, I was a voracious reader. I’ve always been a proponent of entrepreneurship. Attended Northern Virginia Community College.

• Civic and/or church involvement
Attends The Bridge Community Church in Warrenton. Helps the Piedmont Workforce Network on the committee that oversees Culpeper’s workforce center. On the advisory board for the Mason Enterprise Center in Warrenton. On the franchise agreement board for Great Harvest Bread Co. Former vice president of the Greater Warrenton Chamber of Commerce.

• How long have you lived in Fauquier?
For six months. I previously lived in Prince William County for 16 years.

• Why do you live here?
I love the people here. I feel at home here. At this point, this is where I’ve put down roots. I live three minutes from the bakery.

• How do you describe this county?
It’s a small town within a big town. You still have enough of that sense of small town America, the Mayberry feel where everyone knows everyone. It’s a wonderful mix of families who have been here forever and transplants from Fairfax and Arlington.

• What would you change about Fauquier?
I think Fauquier County is definitely on the verge. Growth is inevitable. I want us to retain what would seem like the slow, Southern culture, but I like to see it as a sense of vibrancy. A pastoral vibrancy exists here. I think it’s what draws people to this area. I hope we can retain that feeling over time.

• What do you do for fun?
Play guitar, run, cycle. I love film, movies. Mostly I love people and relationships. Spend time with friends.

• What’s your favorite place in Fauquier?
Warrenton. I enjoy Old Town Warrenton. I love the parks, driving on the rolling hills. I love to go to southern Fauquier County and experience the agricultural diversity.

• What will Fauquier be like in 10 years?
My hope is that we will continue the upswing, where downtowns will become popular again. All over the U.S., this is happening. I love being on the forefront. In 10 years, I hope to be on the peak of that. Fauquier County is this interesting mix between very progressive and very conservative ideals, simultaneously. It’s like let’s preserve what has been and be avant-garde and new at the same time.

• Favorite TV show?

• Favorite movie?
I love movies. To nail it down to only one would be too difficult. I like all different genres of movies.

• Favorite book?
Right now I’m reading the Walt Longmire series by Craig Johnson.

• Favorite vacation spot?
My dream vacation right now is Italy.

• Favorite food?
I love a great variety of food. I’m not picky. Chinese, Italian, etc…fried rice.

• What is the best advice you have ever received? From whom?
The thought that’s coming to mind is from a book: “There is no reward without risk and there is no risk without vulnerability. There is a correlation between vulnerability, risk and reward in life — in relationships and business.”

• Who’s your hero and why?
My mom, because she has taught me a lot about loving unconditionally.

• What would you do if you won $1 million in the lottery?
I don’t play the lottery. I would go to Italy first, pay off debts, open a second bakery and turn both of the bakeries into practical schools of business for young people.

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• Retired nurse Angela Neal continues to volunteer in hospital ER.

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• Farmers with groundhog problems call Rod Kirkpatrick.

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• Eddie Payne has logged 38 years as a volunteer firefighter in Marshall.

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