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Making ‘dough’ with bread


carlos atwell

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THERE IS WORK out there if you have the drive to find it.
This is the theme of this week’s Street Beat as the focus shifts to a few young men who have found their niche selling something most of Barbados and the world eats – bread.
At George Rogers Circle, St Michael, Tyrone Thompson told his up and down and up again story.
“I started here eight years ago with T&D Exotic but for . . . four to five years I had gone through a bad patch due to poor management and left to work in the hotel industry,” he said. “Around seven months ago, I returned here and reopened, this time calling it Trident Bread Shop because I wanted it to sound more Bajan.”  
Thompson called his bad patch a learning experience, adding he was not going to repeat his first-time mistakes. Now, he said his clientele was returning and business was picking up. In addition to selling bread and pastries, Thompson whips up fruit and nut smoothies, sells food on weekends and offers snacks and fruit.
He had some words of advice for other youth.
“The youngsters nowadays say they don’t want to work for $250 a week but if you manage your money, you can do it,” Thompson insisted.
“You may have to sacrifice but you also have to think ahead; don’t study the short term only.”  
Another young man earning a living with flour, plies his trade along Deacons Road, St Michael. He got into the family business out of a sense of duty, not to mention a need to make money.
“My parents used to sell bread nearby but my mother passed away and my father lost a leg,” said Christopher Bernstein. “They had been selling for more than 30 years, longer than I’ve been alive, so I thought it wouldn’t make sense to just let it die.”
So he did not and he and his older brother have been carrying on the family legacy for the past two years. Bernstein said business was “okay so far” and described the best things about it.
“I get to be my own boss and I get to meet a lot of people, especially nuff young girls,” he said with a smile.
As for those who profess to be unable to find a job, he said: “That’s just talk because once you look for a job, you will find it.”
The third youth sells along Westbury Road. Jerad Alleyne is the most inexperienced of the three having been on the job for a little more than a week. He said it was parental influence too that got him involved.
He said: “My dad does do this in the Lower Green bus stand [Princess Alice Terminal] so I said I would try too since I have been out of work for two years. It is not a hard job because look, I here working outside my house. So far, so good.”  
Alleyne said his father got him started and now he is his own boss, with a little help from his brother and friend. He said all sorts of people came to buy bread and the most popular foods were pastries and sandwich loaves.
He encouraged other young people to also look for something to do with their lives, adding he was willing to assist any young man looking to make an honest dollar.
Finally, we take a look at Edward Alleyne. He is Jerad’s father and Street Beat thought it would be interesting to get his thoughts on his son following in his footsteps.
“Every since I have been telling him to let me start him off but he resisted even though I told him he could make money,” Alleyne senior said. “After he got laid off, he start confusing me so I start him off small and he got going from there.”  
As for himself, the proud father said he had been selling for more than eight years, taking over from a friend.
“He went to Canada and asked me to take up the slack but when he came back, I had built such a clientele he went somewhere else,” he said.
The elder Alleyne said selling bread required dedication as he said he worked “seven days a week”. However, he admitted he would not be doing as well as he was without his girlfriend, who he said was the backbone of the business.

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