Next up on the “Beaverhausen 2016 Tour of Bridgewater,” yet another new business! You may have heard me rave about them in a few of my past articles, but I assure you that it is all true.
Beaver Bagel Co has opened its doors! Bagel lovers throughout the county, rejoice! No longer do we have to settle for some crappy bagels in plastic bags that have probably been sitting on a store shelf for weeks. And we sure don’t have to drive to get subpar chain bakery bagels anymore. These are handmade, local, and really the best you will have in, well, ever? That is a Beaverhausen guarantee, folks.
Meet Jessica from Beaver Bagel Co
Jessica, the owner of Beaver Bagel Co, and I had a chat a few weeks ago about how she arrived at her own storefront. She told me that she initially started out as the pastry chef for Witch Flavor? in Beaver. She would bring in cookies and bars and other delicious sweet treats, and those ice cream loving witches would have them for sale – while they would last, of course.
Because Jessica’s treats do not last very long, she decided to maybe expand into some other treats – bagels, specifically. So one day last year, she just said to herself, “I will make bagels now!” And that she did!! She started selling them at the Beaver Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning and has been on a (bagel) roll since!
These bagels are made in the style of the great New York City bagel. If you have never had one, well, you are missing out. Also, now you can easily get one in Bridgewater, so that makes it really easy.
What makes them NYC-ish is that they are kettle boiled. The facilities Jessica has and the way she likes to have control over the quality means that each bagel is made by hand. There are no fancy machines back in her kitchen somewhere, rolling out dough for her or pushing things into the boiling water. No sir!
Each bagel starts its delicious journey into ‘bagelhood’ as a little ball of dough that is weighed, allowed to rise, formed into the bagel round, and then boiled and baked. It is a very time consuming process that is going on while you and I are still sleeping, dreaming of our breakfast. Starting around 3 am, Jessica, her brother Jason, cousin Beth, and their kitchen helper, Rory, are in the kitchen prepping for the day.
So Many Bagel Options
Each day they are making around 10 different flavors. They have daily staples that you can count on being there – that is, if you get there before they sell out! These mainstays are Plain, Everything (my #1 favorite ever!), Blueberry, Cinnamon Crunch (my other #1 favorite ever!!), Jalapeno Cheddar, Honey Wheat, and Pretzel. In addition to the regulars, there are a ton of other rotating flavors. Things like Black Pepper Parmesan, Cinnamon Raisin, or Kalamata Olive.
These bagels are surely available and delicious as-is, no toasting even necessary. But maybe you feel like you wanna go nuts one day and get a topping? They have you covered on that end, too. They have a list of cream cheeses that are flavored in-house. All start with Philadelphia Cream Cheese and end up a creamy mix of the best ingredients! They offer garden veggie, garlic and herb, honey maple, strawberry and apple cinnamon.
Imagine it, please. A cinnamon crunch bagel schmeared (technical term) with fresh honey maple cream cheese. *cue the angelic music and twinkle lights* There is also a full menu of Jessica’s own creations, if you aren’t feeling too creative yourself. Just check out the board when you get there!
Local Partners in Crime
Beaver Bagel has also teamed up with a few locals that you may have heard of, like Heirloom, and Herban Touch. Heirloom provides homemade lox for the bagels (what is a bagel if there are no lox?!), and Herban Touch has a different hummus each week.
Initially the thought of a bagel with hummus didn’t make too much sense to me, until I tried it. Jessica made me the Ginger Miso bagel, which was the special a few weeks back. My fingers are crossed that it makes its way around again! It was an Everything bagel, loaded with ginger miso hummus, spinach, carrot slivers, and sesame crunchies.
Let me tell you something. I had this bagged up to-go to eat in my car before heading into Giant Eagle. I *may* have been licking the paper. The only thing I could find wrong with it was that there wasn’t another one hidden in the bottom of the bag. So. Incredibly. Delicious.
In addition to all of these bagels, Jessica has an amazing assortment of pastries to choose from, too! Handmade bars like raspberry granola, or peanut butter and jelly, and so so many cookies like salted peanut butter, blueberry apricot oatmeal, or honey ginger. There are coffee cakes and pies, and oatmeal cream pies. Really, the list of her goodies is pretty much endless and ever changing, so this is something you need to see for yourself.
The store itself is a true homage to the local business! She has a shelf filled local goods for purchase as well. McCormick’s Apiary honey, which is used in the bagel making, is on the shelf. Beaver Falls Coffee and Tea is there too – brewed and ready for pouring a big mug.
She features Row Press Cards, specifically the ‘Market Love’ series, showing different scenes from Farmer’s Markets. There is a card with a picture of an Everything bagel on it. Guess whose bagel it is?! That’s right! Beaver Bagel’s bagel!!!
Dulcinea Chocolate also has a spot on her “Shelf of Beaver County Fame” right next to bags of Jessica’s homemade granola. A new addition even since I was in snapping pictures for this article are Wayne Square Works candles! If you haven’t seen these (or more, taken a sniff of them), do yourself a favor and check them out. They are made right in Beaver! So far, Beaver Bagel carries Exotic Grapefruit, Lemon, Rosemary Shortbread, Rhubarb Crisp, and Avocado Citrus. You can find out more information on WSW candles on their Facebook page here.
Do yourself a favor and check Beaver Bagel Co OUT. They can be found online on their website www.beaverbagelco.com or on Facebook here. The Beaver Bagel Co is open Friday 6 am – 2 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 7 am – 3 pm, and they will also be at the Beaver Farmer’s Markets this year, located in the courthouse parking lot from 10 am – 1 pm. A quick note on these times though. Because they hand make the bagels every morning, when they are gone, they are really gone. So get there early if you want the best selection! They always sell out!