Meet the owners

In July of 2022, Bread Poets was purchased by the Dargis family: Peter, Jessica and daughters Belle and Hope Dargis.

The origins of Bread Poets began when Jon Lee, founder of Bread Poets, made a conscious decision to try and get back to Bismarck, North Dakota after work had taken him away. "I simply wanted to do something fulfilling in a place that I truly love! I chose to locate this business in Bismarck-Mandan because it's my hometown. I can’t think of anything more exciting than sharing the best bread in the world with the community I grew up in!" Juanita, a native of Flasher, N.D., joined her husband and the bakery staff full time in January 2000, followed by their three children: Jayce, Jessa and Jamsion, who all spent time working at the bakery.

Together the Lee family ran Bread Poets for 24 years until they sold the business and passed on the legacy of Bread Poets to the Dargis family. 

In July of 2022, Peter and Jess Dargis purchased Bread Poets Baking Company from Jon Lee and the Lee family,  to continue the legacy and tradition of great bread making. After getting married in 2017, Peter and Jess moved from Minneapolis, MN back to Bismarck. Jess herself was born and raised in Bismarck, went to Century High School, then attended BSC before completing her college degree at UND in Grand Forks. Jess grew up eating Bread Poets and introduced Peter to the Bread Poets bread and it became the only bread eaten at the Dargis household. Peter and Jess have 2 daughters; Belle and Hope, who both love being taste testers for the delicious treats that are made at the bakery! Jess has a background and works in accounting, while Peter worked in various IT roles for medical software companies, including a stint at St. Alexius Hospital in Bismarck before making the career change to owning and operating Bread Poets.