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Beyond the Bio: "Auntie" Anne Beiler

Written by Craig Layne, Morning Edition Host/Reporter | May 29, 2012 9:56 AM

Anne-Beiler.jpg(Gap) -- If you've been to a mall recently, you may have walked past, smelled or even eaten a pretzel from an Auntie Anne's stand. The company has 1,200 locations around the world and got its start in an eastern Pennsylvania farmers' market in 1988. "Auntie" Anne Beiler -- its founder -- grew up in Lancaster County, where her education ended after the eighth grade. "We went to a school that was three rooms. It was an Amish Mennonite school. In my school room there were about 25-30 kids in three grades," Beiler says. As part of our Beyond the Bio series, witf's Craig Layne talks with Beiler about her Amish upbringing and the charity work she's been doing since she sold the pretzel company.

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 Update 6/18/12: Anne Beiler will be featured on an episode of ABC TV's "Secret Millionaire," according to her blog. The Central Penn Business Journal is reporting the show featuring Beiler will air August 26th.

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