Michaelene was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of a woman who loved to cook. The gene was passed down.
Throughout her life, Michaelene took pleasure in seeing others enjoy her food, but cooking for a living wasn't always in her longterm plans. Michaelene attended college, married and became the proud mother of four children, all girls. She was especially particular about preparing healthy meals for her family.
Mother by day, Michaelene used her education and shared her interest in healthy eating when she became a Lamaze instructor. She urged her pregnant pupils to give up potato chips and cookies as snacks and suggested healthier alternatives. She began to bring her own home-made granola as an example and her students raved. She gave them the recipe so they could make it themselves. She encouraged them to load the granola full of grains, fruits, nuts and seeds, to experience the health benefits for their developing baby and enjoy snacking too. The students complained that their granola never tasted as good as hers, and offered to pay her to bake the granola for them.
In the small town of Clarkson, Michigan, Michaelene's first baking facility was a pizza parlor. While Michaelene ran the office of her new company from her home, she rented the pizza parlor's kitchen during the early daytime hours. Learning to adapt the recipe to "bigger" yields, Michaelene began with just one flavor-"Nutty-Raisin".
When the pizza parlor went out of business, she found a bakery to rent. One evening a week, she would bake granola until the early hours of the morning. When orders demanded more of her time, Gourmet Granola became more than just Michaelene's on-the-side business. As the business grew more than she had ever imagined, Michaelene opened her own bakery and began to expand her product line. Today, Michaelene's first granola flavor has spawned 21 other varieties and two flavors of granola cookies.