Michigan’s Best Local Eats: New bagel shop opens in East Grand Rapids
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A new bagel shop has opened in East Grand Rapids.
Bagel Kitchen, 2228 Wealthy St. SE, was opened by Marc and Shannon Schulz in late August and serves a variety of bagels, bagel sandwiches and a variety of coffee, tea and other beverages.
“They’re all hand formed, cooked, and baked – everyone tells us they’re the best bagels in Grand Rapids,” said Shannon Schulz.
Bagel Kitchen sells seven different bagels: plain, sesame, salt, cheddar, garlic salt, onion, anything pitted, cranberry-walnut, cinnamon-raisin, and blueberry. There are also bagel spreads in different flavors: cream cheese, chive cream cheese, vegetable cream cheese, sweet cinnamon cream cheese, peanut butter and butter.
Marc and Shannon Schulz came up with the idea for a bagel shop after they quit their jobs in Grand Rapids and moved to Costa Rica with their three school-age children in 2016. The couple left West Michigan haphazardly with the goal of “recreating themselves, getting in touch with our entrepreneurial spirit.”
Once there, Marc, who had long been a keen bread baker, started making bagels with a friend, and when they started taking them to a farmers market, “they were sold out every time,” Shannon Schulz said. The popularity of Marc’s Bagels grew and he later began fulfilling orders from local businesses, restaurants, hotels, families and friends.
Eventually the couple opened two bagel stores of their own in Costa Rica.
“It just started,” said Schulz, whose family moved back to East Grand Rapids in September 2019.
Bagel Kitchen serves five types of bagel sandwiches, each named after an East Grand Rapids landmark. The most popular: the Bellclaire (a street in East Grand Rapids) and the Ramona (an amusement park in the city that was in operation from 1897 to 1955).
The Bellclaire, which offers “Egg, Cheddar & Chive Cream Cheese on a Plain Bagel,” is $ 5.50 and $ 7 with bacon. The Ramona, on the other hand, has “cucumber, tomato and vegetable cream cheese on a salted or sesame bagel”. It costs $ 5.50.
A single bagel is $ 2 and a bagel with a spread is $ 3.
There is also daily brewed coffee for $ 2, tea for $ 2.50, and lattes and cappuccino for $ 3.75. Bagel Kitchen has an emphasis on its coffee and wants to be a destination for local residents who wake up early (the shop opens at 6:30 a.m. during the week) looking for a hot cup of coffee from local vendors, Schulz said.
“We’re right next to the high school,” she said. “So during the week we have a lot of students and I think our prices are right. People are really happy with the bargain they get. I had a gentleman this weekend … he ordered a sandwich and a latte drink and it was less than $ 10. He was like ‘Wow, seriously, this is so good.’ “
She added that Bagel Kitchen values the environment and does not use plastic products. The lids, cups and other packaging are made of non-plastic materials, she said. The practice was inspired by her time in Costa Rica.
“To live in Costa Rica and live by the sea and see the effects of plastic and then get inspiration from the Costa Rican people,” said Schulz.
Bagel Kitchen is open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The restaurant’s menu can be found on their website and their phone number is (616) 644-3772.
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