See the Sweet Photo Ina Garten Shared of Her First Barefoot Contessa Store

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Ina Garten is taking a break from strolling through her beautiful backyard to wander down memory lane.

Everyone knows Ina these days, so it’s hard to imagine a time when she wasn’t one of the most delightful Food Network stars around. But a few decades ago, Ina Garten was just trying to jump-start her career by opening her own shop in New York. In fact, she recently posted on Instagram about the very spot where it all began, and it’ll make your day. Here’s what she said:

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“Forty-three years ago today, I started my career in food in this tiny (400 square foot!) specialty food store in Westhampton Beach, NY. OMG it’s been a crazy and fun ride!! Thank you to all the friends and customers who taught me so much along the way. The first day in the store, we grossed $87 (before expenses!) and we thought it was a disaster. But Friday was Memorial Day weekend (in the Hamptons!) and it turned out to be a very different story. We stayed up cooking and baking all night and I remember thinking how happy I was!!❤️❤️❤️”

What a journey from $87 to where she is now. Plus, as you can see from the photo, the store is called The Barefoot Contessa, which everyone now recognizes as the name of her successful show.

Many people including Katie Couric, Giada De Laurentiis, and Nancy Meyers left well-wishes on Ina’s post. We can probably all agree with Nancy’s comment: “Your story is so inspiring and still so amazing!” Our thoughts exactly.

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