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Sweet hobby turns into business for St. Pete man

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ST PETERSBURG, FL -

What started out as a hobby for a St. Petersburg business man has now turned into a national and international business in six short months.

In fact, the officials debut of Barry's Gourmet Brownies happened at the start of October at a confection convention in Las Vegas. So many people are interested in the moist, chewy, mouthwatering product that the newly formed St. Petersburg company is now being besieged with orders.

"We've gotten major grocery store chains, convenience stores, bakeries, it's amazing," said Douglas Bird President and CEO of Barry's Gourmet Brownies.

So many orders are pouring in the company is expanding into a combined 80,000 square manufacturing factory bringing jobs to the Bay Area.

"We anticipate in the next 8 to 10 months we'll have 150 employees," Bird said.

Barry's Gourmet Brownies is also bracing to make its first network TV debut on a popular shopping channel. A dozen of the treats goes for about $35 on the company's website. You can order them and other products here.

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