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GREENBRAE, Calif. -- The warm brick oven, turning out tasty loaves of sourdough, walnut bread and olive fougasse, is the first thing that greets shoppers when they walk in the door of the Mollie Stones store here.Dave Bennett, a co-owner of this five-store independent based in Palo Alto, Calif., told SN in an interview that the oven "sets the tone" for a store where fresh, innovative foods that meet

GREENBRAE, Calif. -- The warm brick oven, turning out tasty loaves of sourdough, walnut bread and olive fougasse, is the first thing that greets shoppers when they walk in the door of the Mollie Stones store here.

Dave Bennett, a co-owner of this five-store independent based in Palo Alto, Calif., told SN in an interview that the oven "sets the tone" for a store where fresh, innovative foods that meet the unique culinary needs of the Bay Area abound.

The oven is one of two -- a

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