Springfield bakery owner finds success after a lifetime of hard work

Juvenal Martinez works on one of his creations in the kitchen at his Springfield bakers. Photos: Mike Eyster

SPRINGFIELD – As a teenager, Juvenal Martinez worked at a famous bakery in Mexico City (La Gran Via). He started by sweeping floors and washing dishes. Ultimately, he became the production manager of the bakery.

He was captivated by the idea of someday owning his own business. In 1997 he left his wife and daughter behind in Mexico to seek work in Springfield, where his cousin lived, hoping to set a foundation . . .