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Founder Feature: Beryl Stafford

Oats and sugar? Sure, a lot of kitchens would have those ingredients in stock in 2003. Brown rice syrup and vegan buttery spread? Those were probably more likely to be found in a Boulder kitchen...which is exactly where these ingredients came together for the first time in the creation of the original Bobo’s bar.

Beryl Stafford and her daughter, Alex (Bobo to friends and family, and to the country at large, now) created a few batches of this simple, four-ingredient oat bar at home. Alex took some to school the next day, and Beryl took a batch to the local coffee house. Reaction was positive across the board, and the coffee shop reordered. To her surprise, Beryl had a business on her hands.

Bobo’s bars soon proved themselves to be more than a big-in-Boulder phenomenon. Today the company has 160 employees and revenues of $22 million. A second bakery opened in January 2019. Bobo’s has a national presence in retailers as diverse as Safeway to REI.

A single mother when she founded the company, Beryl is very much aware of need in her community. Bobo’s supports an array of service-based nonprofits, including There With Care, Big Green, Habitat for Humanity, Community Food Share, Windhorse Community Services, and Conscious Alliance.


Katelyn Murphy-McCarthy

Katelyn is a writer and editor specializing in creative nonfiction. She comes from a long line of entrepreneurs, and loves hearing and sharing the stories of women who are making a difference.
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