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68 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, April 5 - April 11, 1996 Shown manning the counter at Auntie Anne's soft pretzels in Rehoboth Beach are new owners Becky Moran and Rob Knowles (right), with manager Ken Bryson. Rehoboth'00, 00mntie Anne's Pretzels ch,,iJlges hands inating pretzel eaters of Dutch country. In 1989, the company began, to franchise and has since developed a highly systematized business concept. Today there are more than 350 Auntie Anne's stores scattered from coast to coast, w,ith new-ones opening at a rate of ffive per month. Auntie Anne's is allso currently expanding throughout Asia. "People love the prodmct and they also love to watch it lim- ing relied, twisted and baked fight before their eyes - you can't get any fresher than that!" Know'les said. "It's a presentation that's unique to our business. Our cus- tomers get to see the long strip of dough being twisted and r.olled in- to the familiar pretzel shape just for them," Moran added. The shape was first developed in the 7th Century by an Italian monk who decided to reward his monastery students by serving them baked scraps of leftover bread. He twisted the dough to re- semble his students, who folded their arms across their chests when praying, and called them "pretiolas," Latin for little re- wards. When the Dutch emigrated to Pennsylvania in the 18th and 19th centuries they brought with them their love for fresh baked pret:zels and their Old World recipes. To this day in the Pennsylvmnia Dutch homes of Lancaster Coun- ty, soft pretzels are enjoyed the old fashioned way - baked fresh, hand rolled and hot from the oven But history plays little role in today's new found fondness for pretzels. Patrons flock to Auntie Anne's for the taste, convenience and wholesomeness. Becky Moran and Rob Knowles are the new owners of the Auntie Anne's Hand-Rolled Soft Pret- zeTS, located in the second block of Rehoboth Avenue, as well as the Auntie Anne's at the Route 13 Market in Laurel. Pretzels have become a billion dollar a year industry and sales are up 25 percent from last year, ac- ..... co "rding to the Snack Food Assoei, ation, with Auntie Anne's vying to win over the palates of the Cape Region, said Moran. A Newark area paralegal, Moran said it was temptation that led her t O getting involved in the enterprise. "I found their pretzels irresistible. Every time I went shopping, I would seek out an Auntie Anne's store to get my fix. I love the product and the people," she explained. Knowles, a resident of Seaford, added that "Pretzels are the per- fect high carbohydrate, low fat, back to basics kind of snack peo- ple are looking for today. It's ex- citing for us to continue the Aun- tie Anne's Soft Pretzel phenome- non in Sussex County." The story of Auntie Anne's Soft Pretzels is one unique to Ameri- can business. The company was founded in 1988 by Anne Beiler, a former Amish-Mennonite who stumbled upon her secret pretzel recipe by accident. At that time, Beiler had just acquired a business in a farmer' s market near Lancast- er County, Pa. One day, a supjgli- er delivered the wrong ingredients to her door and the resulting pret- zel was disappointing. She com- pensated by adding ingredients and the Auntie Anne's pretzel was born, quickly winning a loyal fol- lowing among the highly discrim- 1776 plans Cooks and Waiters Dinner April 17 A Cooks and Waiters Dinner will be held at 1776 Restaurant in Midway Shopping Center on Wednesday, April 17. Cocktails will be served at 6:30 p.m., with dinner at 7:30 p.m., prepared by guest chefs and served by guest waiters who will donate their tips to the Lawrence "Scotty" Scott Jazz Scholarship Fund. Part of the proceeds will also be donated to the cause by 1776. The illustrious guest cooks in- clude Joe Hill of Mae Hall Mc- Cabe Real Estate, Frank Murphy of the Plantations, and Dennis Santangini of the Sea Witch Bed and Breakfast. Waitpersons include Sandra Jefferson from O'Conor, Piper & Flynn, and Linda DiDomenicis from Boston's. Seating will be by reservation only. Call 645-9355. Spend your free time relaxing, notcleaning Professional staff Completely reliable Satisfaction guaranteed Bonded, insured Linen changed, too! We & RESIDENTIAL [y paper products at discount rates that will help pay your cleaning bill. 7 OPEN HODS EASTER WEEKEND SAT. APRIL 6th, SUN APRIL 7th, MON. APRIL 8th 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. OCEAN BLOCK 12 PARK AVENUE - REHOBOTH BEACH A rare find! Gracious 5 Bdrm., 3-1/2 Bath colonial. Beauti- fully maintained with hardwood floors, ceramic and marble baths, family room and brick patio. HOP ON OVER TO SEE THIS BEAUTIFUL OCEAN BLOCK HOME! The Prudential Joy - Gallo, REALTORS* An Independently Owned and Operated Member of the Prudential Real Estate AfllBates, Inc. 702 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach .3__02-227"6101 1-800-321-2268 1