Mexican-owned bakery celebrates 20 years in business in South Salem

The owner of Emilio’s Bakery immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 18 — searching for his American dream.

SALEM, Ore. — At only 18-years-old, Emilio Villarreal migrated from Jalisco, Mexico to the United State in 1973 searching for his American dream. And while moving to a foreign country was full of unknowns — Villarreal was certain of one thing — how to bake Mexican bread.  

“Well, when I was a little boy I helped a man bake bread,” said Villarreal. “And I liked it! But, then my friend came to the U.S. and returned to Mexico and told me ‘the United States is a great

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