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Since he was young, Mac Brydon’s parents always encouraged him to go after his dreams, and to dream big. He loved basketball and set his sights to play at the collegiate level. After much hard work, many hours of practice, and lots of ice bags, he was offered a spot on the Mercer University basketball team in Macon, Georgia – the Mercer Bears.

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After two years of playing, Mac Brydon came to the conclusion that breathing, eating, sleeping, and living basketball wasn’t for him. But he fell in love with Mercer, the staff, and the friends he made there. He wanted to stay, but how could he pay for a small, private out-of-state school? That’s when he started Bear Food.

Mac’s parents are from Virginia, and one of Virginia’s major cash crops is peanuts. Twenty-four years earlier, Mac’s mother started her own successful gourmet peanut company while living in Chicago. These were the biggest, most delicious hand-cooked peanuts to be found and everyone LOVED them! So Mac decided to resurrect his mother’s recipes, but there was something more he wanted to do with my business, and it involved his best friend and older brother, Miller.

Miller has Down’s Syndrome. He had just graduated high school and had been struggling to figure out his next steps. Miller is smart, strong, funny (and a great dancer!), but had never been given a springboard into life like Mac had with his college opportunity. This is a typical story for someone such as Miller, along with many of his friends with special needs and throughout America. More than 80% of the special needs community is unemployed and I knew Bear Food could be a way he could help change this trend. Mac’s lifetime experiences with this community has taught him that many in this population just need a chance or an experience to learn job skills, and that’s what he now does at Bear Food, which is a perfect way to provide training, encouragement, and a sense of purpose that we all need.

HAZEL DEAN’S FAVORITES

Our Most Popular Products

Here are just a few of the items in our store that always seem to fly off the shelves. Do you have a favorite? We’d like to know what it is. And if you are searching for an item we don’t carry, let us know. We’ll do our best to get it for you.

Craft Beer

We stock a large selection of local and regional craft beers. Available in singles and in packs. You can even enjoy your beer in our store or on our patio.

Custom Charcuterie Boards

Charcuterie Boards

Customized to-go charcuterie boards, filled with all your favorites, starting at just $20 per person. Add smoked fish for only $5 more per person. Delivery available.

Smoked Fish

Our smoked salmon and trout come from Alan Patak in Austell, Georgia. His parents opened the business in 1981, specializing in fine, European-style meats.

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