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Sweet Dreams

It’s barely 7 o’clock on a Saturday morning, and historic Main Street in the small town of Davidson, North Carolina, is already buzzing with activity. It’s peppered with boutiques, restaurants, and bookstores, but the crowd rushes toward Bonjour Y’all Bakery, the Southern-meets-French bakery Justin Burke-Samson opened in August 2019. By and large, customers line up for the famous cruffin, a flaky croissant rolled in cinnamon sugar and baked in a muffin tin. This pastry is such a sensation that within 45 minutes of opening, they’re sold out. Even after the cruffin craze is over, the bakery stays just as busy throughout the day, resulting in a total sellout of almost every baked good. Needless to say, Justin and his bakery are a roaring success. It’s been a long time coming, even if he didn’t know how his life would play out.

Justin’s story has unfolded much like the meandering course of a stream: beginning far from where it ends up, sometimes deviating from its path, but ultimately ending

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