08/09/2012 08:59 am ET

Something In The Water

A sweet, doughy aroma drifts out of the kitchen as The Pretzel Bakery owner Sean Haney steps out onto the umbrellaed patio. Two men and a woman in office attire have come out of their way to try the pretzels at the Capitol Hill shop on this sunny Wednesday afternoon. Haney places a box of eight on a bench, and one-by-one, everyone reaches in to grab the fresh-from-the-oven pretzels, still hot to the touch.

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