Spread Love & Cream Cheese with Everything Bagels
Crafting the best hand-rolled bagels and handcrafted spreads since 2016, Everything Bagels proudly serves delicious breakfast and lunch sandwiches, soups, salads, and coffees, making them well-known as the premier bagel restaurant on the Kenai Peninsula.
It all began as a craving on a cold winter’s morning. The need for a fresh, crunchy-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside, New York style bagel in the heart of the Peninsula. That led Pamela and Matthew Parker to roll up their sleeves and try their hand at bagel artistry. Cravings satisfied and pleasantly surprised by the outcome and adoration of friends and fans, the self-proclaimed, “Bagel People,” have since opened their first bagel restaurant and are sharing their tasty creations with their community.
What sets Everything Bagels apart is not only the extraordinary outer crunch, natural ingredients, and quality spreads, but also that the Parkers believe there are no shortcuts in creating a delightful product or a memorable experience for their customers. With a mission baked in the local community that they should “never stop rising,” and to “keep on rolling,” Everything Bagels delivers on providing fresh and high-quality ingredients coupled with artisan recipes.
To plan their launch, Pamela worked with the Alaska Small Business Development Center (Alaska SBDC) in Soldotna to get started off on the right track. About her entrepreneurial experience, she shared:
“It feels like the Alaska SBDC has been with our business from the very beginning. After landing on the idea to start Everything Bagels in early 2016, we met with an advisor to go over our initial business model. This was a great opportunity to ask questions, explore available resources, and fine-tune our business plan. A few years down the road, when it was time to look at expanding our business, we again turned to Alaska SBDC for help with market research and exploring the viability of our growth opportunity. We have since used their advice, data, and resources to help Everything Bagels get our product into more local coffee shops.”
Cliff Cochran, Kenai Peninsula Center Director for the Alaska SBDC, went on about his experience advising Everything Bagels, adding, “It has been fantastic working with Pamela as she continues to grow Everything Bagels. She is a true first mover, having successfully launched the first-ever specialty bagel shop in the Central Kenai Peninsula. Her leadership with Startup Week has opened doors for others looking to start a small business here and expand the local economy. I’m looking forward to working with her for years to come and excited to see what the future holds for Everything Bagels.”
Since launching the bagel shop, Pamela added a second business, Snappy Turtle Photobooths, and has become an active member of the business community. She is the current president-elect of the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce board and has served as treasurer and president of the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council board. For the past two years, she has led the local Startup Week committee, a statewide event in November dedicated to providing resources to entrepreneurs, like herself, to launch businesses in their communities. She is currently running for a seat on the Soldotna City Council, further striving to make the area a great place to work and live.
Everything Bagels is open Monday-Friday, 6:30am – 2:00pm and Saturday, 7:30am – 3:00pm. Call your order ahead at (907) 252-8135 and swing by 35251 Kenai Spur Hwy in Soldotna to spread love and cream cheese! Review their menu at http://www.everythingbagelsak.com/ and visit them on Facebook and Instagram!