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Retired Army Officer Expands Havana Banana Breads

Offers hand-crafted, preservative-free breads for retailers and individual consumers

Annapolis, MD (11-14-11) – Annapolis Mayor Joshua J. Cohen and Annapolis Economic Development Corporation President and CEO Lara Fritts are pleased to announce that Havana Banana Breads has opened in Annapolis.

Mike Lawrence, a retired Army Officer, completed the relocation and expansion of Havana Banana Breads in October, moving from its previous location in Ellicott City to a full-line production facility in Annapolis. Now located at 1981 Moreland Parkway, Building 4-A, Bay 6, Mike, a.k.a. “The Top Banana,” serves as the company’s owner and President. All orders can be made on line at or by appointment with a call to (301) 503-1113.

"Havana Banana Breads will add to the rich flavor of Annapolis," Mayor Josh Cohen said.  "The fact that founder Mike Lawrence has chosen to open a location here is a testament to Annapolis' resilient economy and enduring appeal.  Havana Banana Breads will be an asset to our community and I thank Mike for making the commitment to open his doors here."

Havana Banana Breads offers a line of exceptionally fresh, preservative-free banana breads and combines innovation with flavor.  

“Mike Lawrence is a testament to the hard-work and determination needed to succeed in Annapolis. We, at Annapolis Economic Development Corporation, are very pleased to have assisted this great company in this relocation and wish them all the success in the world. From Mike’s can-do attitude, refreshing marketing concepts to his relentless product and brand execution, Havana Banana Breads is clearly a very tasty force in the market place and we welcome him to the business community,” stated Lara L. Fritts, Annapolis Economic Development Corporation President and CEO.

“During my 26 years in the Army, I recognized that one of my favorite foods was banana breads. When I was a single dad raising my autistic son Robby, he loved bananas, so I always had more than we needed.  When they started to spot, I was able to bake fresh banana breads.  Then I started adding dark chocolate-my very favorite food ever.” The rest is history and in 1998, the plan for Havana Banana Breads was born. “The discipline I learned in the Army is a natural fit with the exactness of working with baking formulas; therefore, I was inspired to create Havana Banana Breads.”

Havana Banana Breads can also be purchased at Washington, D.C. area Whole Food Markets, select nationwide locations of The Coffee Beanery, Washington, D.C. area farmers markets, and online at


 About Havana Banana Breads

Havana Banana Breads is a service-disabled veteran-owned small business. His wife Mary is also retired from the Army and is still serving soldiers at the Dewitt Army Hospital at Fort Belvoir, VA. Mike and Havana Banana Breads have been featured in the Washington Post, Business News Daily (NYC), Florida Today, The Edge Magazine and the January 2011 issue of Success Magazine, as well as numerous TV interviews. To order this delicious and versatile product, or to learn more, please visit .

About Annapolis Economic Development Corporation

The Annapolis Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which works in partnership with the business community, city government and residents to retain, expand and attract business to the City of Annapolis.

About the Annapolis Minority and Small Business Enterprise

Annapolis Minority and Small Business Enterprise is committed to attract, grow, and improve the quality of life for minority and small businesses by opening doors to opportunity, engaging the resources of our community and developing collaborative partnerships and advocating success. community, city government and residents to retain, expand and attract business to the City of Annapolis.