The St. George couple celebrate a year in the bread business – St George News

ST. GEORGE-When a writer and a professional sculptor got married, little did they know that owning a business would end up being their bread and butter.

Sarah and Jeff John, co-owners of Great Harvest Bread, take a photo together, location and date not specified | Photo courtesy of Sarah John, St. George News

“We’re just two artists who decided to become business owners,” said Sarah John, co-owner of two Great Harvest Bread Company locations in St. George.

With a desire to be closer to her family, John said she and her husband Jeff researched available franchise options. When they discovered the two Great Harvest locations for sale, they took the leap, which meant resuming their life in Michigan and moving to St. George with their seven children.

“We’re sort of foodies and grind our own wheat to make our own bread at home, so this was the perfect fit,” John said of Great Harvest.

Great Harvest Bread Company is a “freedom franchise”, which means franchise owners are free to create their own recipes and designs alongside the standard Great Harvest menu. The couple are constantly testing new recipes and have already created their own signature products, such as lemon bars.

A statue commissioned by Jeff John is shown, place and date not specified |  Photo courtesy of Jeff John via Pinterest, St. George News
A statue commissioned by Jeff John is shown, place and date not specified | Photo courtesy of Jeff John via Pinterest, St. George News

But bread isn’t the only thing they have to cook.

The couple are each artists in their own right, and Jeff John said his talents began when he took an elective course in stone carving in college. Following his passion for art, he earned a bachelor’s degree in sculpture and began selling his bronze and sculpture art to local galleries in Colorado.

When the couple started their family, John went back to animation school and added a bachelor’s degree in modeling to his resume. With both degrees, he then worked at General Motors, where he sculpted new car models in clay and scanned them into the computer.

Along with bronze sculptures and artwork consisting mostly of childhood scenes and animals, he also commissioned many pieces, such as a life-size bloodhound for the National Bloodhound Association.

Sarah John wins five Begin of Book Awards at the 2022 American Night Writer's Association Conference, location and date not specified |  Photo courtesy of Sarah John via her website, St. George News
Sarah John wins five Begin of Book Awards at the 2022 American Night Writer’s Association Conference, location and date not specified | Photo courtesy of Sarah John via her website, St. George News

Many items retailed at Great Harvest feature his prints such as “St. George” improvised by hand on wooden cutting boards. To see a portfolio of his work, visit Jeff John art on Pinterest.

A creative herself, Sarah John is a writer who previously worked in the Florida tourism industry. She wrote news articles, web content and publicity texts until the couple began to expand their family. She then continued her career with freelance writing. Five years ago, she said her interest shifted to writing children’s novels.

“I’m a budding author right now, just working on my craft,” she said. “It’s mostly a passion and a hobby, but I would like to go further.”

With a mid-level sci-fi novel already completed, John said she is currently working on a young adult thriller. She won a non-fiction mentorship from The Children’s Book Society Writers and illustratorswhich allowed him to work with Stephanie Bearce, a children’s non-fiction author.

Jeff and Sarah John's kids get to work making sandwiches, location and date not specified |  Photo courtesy of Sarah John, St. George News
Jeff and Sarah John’s kids get to work making sandwiches, location and date not specified | Photo courtesy of Sarah John, St. George News

She recently had the the opportunity to present his book to publishers at a writing convention and has been in contact with publishers of children’s non-fiction. For more information on John’s writing career and goals, visit his website.

The couple’s artistic side has been temporarily put on hold while they focus on the two stores. Sarah John said she is looking forward to streamlining Great Harvest so she can pursue her dreams as an author and her husband can focus on his passion for creating art.

For the holiday season, Great Harvest has brought a wide variety of new retail items to offer. The store offers holiday aprons, specialty syrups, gourmet jams and more. Great Harvest also offers catering services for corporate lunches, school sporting events and more, and includes everything from salad bowls to sandwich boxes.

For more information on the Great Harvest Bread Company in St. George visit their website or follow @GreatHarvestSTG on Instagramgram. Great Harvest Bread Company is located at 922 E. Brigham Rd. and 140 N. 400 W. in St. George.

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