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After serving five years in WWII Europe, Jim Kelly purchased a doughnut shop at the corner of St. John Blvd. and Jackson Ave. in Northeast Kansas City. There, he and his new bride, Millie, founded Kelly’s Bakery.
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At 6 feet, 2 inches, Jim Kelly looked nothing like the chef on his neon sign; customers teased him often about that.
For health reasons, Jim and Millie sold the bakery to son Jim Kelly, Jr. and Carol LaBruzzo in 1976. Jim was the baker, and Carol specialized in Italian cookies and cake decorating. In 1985, Jim Jr. sold his share to Carol, who ran the business until closing in 1995.