NORTH BEND — Hannah and Beebo met at a Campus Crusade for Christ gathering at Southwestern Oregon Community College last year.
“Our first date, he kind of cornered me into it,” Hannah Russell said. “I was dead set against it.”
Beebo shook his head and smiled as he closed the oven door on a batch of biscotti.
He had asked Hannah to explore areas surrounding the SWOCC campus. She thought it was a group event, not a date.
“I shut him down hard,” she said, laughing.
But Beebo didn’t give up, and the couple wound up marrying in January.
Beebo Russell had no experience baking, so when they opened the bakery he became Hannah’s apprentice, he said.
Owning and operating a bakery is hard work, the couple learned. The bakery itself is little more than a large kitchen, with two counters, a sink in the corner and an oven on the far wall.
Hannah Marie’s Artisan Breads and Pastries is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., but the Russells are generally up at 5 a.m. and don’t get home until later in the evening, Beebo Russell said.
“If we get in a fight while we’re working, it sucks,” Hannah Russell said. But: “He can tell if I’m getting overwhelmed or stressed,” she said.
Her husband nodded. “We have different personalities, so we can play off each other well,” he said.
Hannah is detail-oriented and a slight perfectionist, she said, while Beebo — more laid-back and outgoing — is eager to experiment with new and wild recipes.
The couple laughed at each other.
On their back wall hung a chalkboard sign with a hand-written Bible verse:
“I have loved you with an everlasting love. I will build you up again and you will be rebuilt.”