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Updated: 06/25/2014 08:00:00AM

Authentic French artisan bakery & café now open for business

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SUN PHOTO BY CHRIS KOURAPIS

Croissant & Co. owners Jean Pierre and Lynn Cloarec, at left, and Benjamin and Gladys Cloarec, right, with Contractor, Tom Rhodus, at their new Croissant & Co. French Artisan Bakery located at 323 W. Venice Avenue in Venice.

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Benjamin and Gladys Clorec take pride in selling loaves of authentic French Artisan bread in their new Croissant & Co. Cafe in Venice.

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Luscious strawberry glazed cream filled tarts are favoites at Croissant & Co, 323 Venice Avenue in Venice. They're open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day.

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Owner Benjamin Cloarec of Croissant & Co. in Venice prepares trays of individual tarts that he'll fill with cream and top with glazed strawberries.

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Gladys Cloarec, Benjamin Cloarec, and Jean Pierre Cloarec from France posing for a photo at the newly opened Croissant and Co. on Venice Island.

By CHRIS KOURAPIS

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Benjamin Cloarec, who was born and raised in Brittany, France, developed a passion for baking while still in high school. When he decided to drop out of school to become a baker, he was met with an unexpected surprise.

His parents agreed!

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