Worker bees create buzz at BreadHive Worker Co-op

BreadHive's owners -- five women and one man, ages 25 to 31 -- share in the profits and operate without a hierarchical structure. Decisions are made by consensus at weekly meetings.

"It makes me happy just waking up in the morning and knowing I get to shape dough, or work the front end or make sandwiches, and also work with people who want to be part of the same community I'm part of," Stewart said.

"That means we believe equity should be shared in a business, and that ownership should not be for the few and the privileged, and not tied to tremendous amounts of debt. That should be possible."

So far, she said, it has been.

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