Brooklyn Bagel in Wellington has been in business for more than 20 years offering customers hand-made, authentic bagels.
Melissa Edwards discovered the cozy shop by chance when she ventured out in search of an exciting new business venture, and things have been on the move ever since.
When she discovered the popular Wellington eatery, Edwards was excited to get involved.
“I really got this by accident,” she said. “It was a great community, a good buy and it has been great to me for the seven years I’ve had it thus far. It has been one of the best investments I have ever made.”
Opening at 5:30 a.m. daily, Edwards sees all kinds of customers who make it a point to include Brooklyn Bagel in their daily routines.
“By 6 a.m., the place is packed. We see horse owners, policemen, firemen, teachers and people who just got off of work coming in,” she said. “On Thursdays, we get anywhere from 200 to 300 high school kids in because it’s a late day for them.”
Just recently, Brooklyn Bagel received an exciting award that piqued new interest for residents of Wellington who hadn’t yet experienced this one-of-a-kind place. “They just gave us the Best Bagels in the West,” Edwards said. “I have since noticed an influx of customers coming in.”
Today, Brooklyn Bagel is looking forward to the upcoming winter season.
Ready and willing to meet any customer requests, the bagel shop provides genuine New York-style bagels at unbeatable prices, and pairs them with a variety of options to please a wide assortment of guests who come in for that perfect breakfast.
“People love the coffee, and they love the bagels because we make them in house,” Edwards said. “People are also drawn to the Nova sandwich, as well as the bacon, egg and cheese.”
Brooklyn Bagel brings the authenticity to life. The staff comes from New York, and every employee has been with the company for 10 years or more.
“The name was here when I got it, but my bakers are from New York, and you can’t tell the difference in the bagel. It tastes just like a New York bagel,” Edwards said. “We do hire extra people in the winter, but it’s the same employees each time.”
At the end of the day, Brooklyn Bagel doesn’t let excess product go to waste. Instead of discarding their leftovers, they have made local connections to put their surplus bagels to good use. The restaurant donates the remaining bagels to local churches, shelters and any other organizations that express a need.
“If anyone is looking for a donation like this, we would definitely supply them with bagels,” Edwards said.
Edwards has high hopes for the future of Brooklyn Bagel, as she is working on expanding the company in Georgia.
Her enthusiasm for this special investment she made seven years ago only continues to increase with time.
“It’s just a fun, easy job. There’s no pressure, and it’s just fun,” said Edwards, who serves as the company’s president.
Brooklyn Bagel is located at 13873 Wellington Trace, Suite B9, in the Wellington Marketplace shopping plaza. For more information, or to place an order, call (561) 784-5501.
ABOVE: Brooklyn Bagel Store Manager Demetri Matsoukas and President Melissa Edwards.