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LIVING LOCAL | Nord family tradition powers one of Louisville's best bakeries

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Even before the light comes on and the first doughnuts come out of the oven, the promise of hot fresh cinnamon rolls and glazy goodness draws customers to Nord's Old Fashioned Bakery in Saint Joseph every day.

The recipes have been passed down from store to store and generation to generation.

"[We do] apple fritters, pecan Danish, butter buns, kooka's..." said Mike Nord, co-owner of Nord's Bakery

Mike Nord and his staff come in before dawn each day to crank out thousands of those famous doughnuts, cookies and cakes. Not just for customers … but for family.

"We wanted people to bring their kids in and say, 'This is what it was like when I grew up,'" Mike Nord said.

Speaking of family, Mike Nord is one of THOSE Nords -- the Kentucky football dynasty.

 "I played at UK and was a graduate assistant coach for a few years," Mike Nord said. "[My] cousin is down at Western.

"When someone would hear our name, they would always say, 'Are you part of the football Nords?' And now they say, 'Are you part of the Nords Bakery Nords?'"

And it's not just the bakery. The Nord family name has been entrenched in this community for decades, behind some of Louisville's most well-known landmarks.

"We had the restaurant, The Brown Bag, down the street," Mike Nord said. "My father owned quite a few, between our bakery and the Zanzabar. Now he owned most of those houses.

"I think us being successful helps the neighborhood and our community."

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