At least once a month, Chris and Crystal Leduc treated themselves to brioche donuts and breakfast burritos at SōDOUGH Baking Co. in Midtown — not knowing they would one day own it. 

They bought the Thomasville Road bakery on Jan. 1 and jumped in. He applies his professional photography skills toward the company’s marketing and social media.

While the bakery is a creative outlet for him, he said SōDOUGH revived his wife. Her nursing job amid the relentless COVID-19 pandemic took a toll on her mental and emotional state. 

“I definitely saw how it wore on her and her happiness,” he said. “This in general kind of helped to bring back old Crystal … Crystal before COVID.”

Crystal Leduc, the new co-owner of SōDOUGH Baking Co., frost a donut Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022.

The jump from nursing to baking 

Even as a girl, Crystal dreamed of being a nurse and remembers one of her first toys being a nurse’s kit, equipped with a stethoscope and tiny blood pressure cuffs.

The Palatka native landed her first job out of high school in the pediatric Intensive Care Unit wing at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare and worked there for two years before returning home to be with the love of her life, Chris.

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