T. Nguyen Stephen Gordon of Bicycle Bread Company
In the history of barters, there have been a few notables: a red paper clip for a house. Fifteen million dollars, Jimmy Carson, Martin Gelinas, and three first round picks for Wayne Gretzky, Marty McSorley, and Mike Krushelnyski ("The Trade"). A beautiful scarf for a dirty old dust cloth. To this, we add: 10 loaves of freshly baked bread for a bicycle and the birth of Stephen Gordon's Bicycle Bread Company. Not too shabby.
Stephen Gordon graduated from USC with a degree in International Relations and a focus on Urban Planning and Development in 2008, but it was the university's relations with its community (or lack thereof) that motivated him to launch Bicycle Bread. Noting the dearth of healthy, easily accessible food options available in the local community (indeed, these neighborhoods are part of the larger food desert that swallows the South L.A. area), he opted to focus on local relations and development, envisioning a bakery that would offer fresh, healthy, whole grain bread to the immediate community.
First, though, he had to learn how to bake the bread.More »