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Phoenix bagel shop became an overnight hot spot

By Lauren Gilger
Published: Friday, July 21, 2023 - 12:05pm
Updated: Friday, July 21, 2023 - 12:06pm

Toya Collins, Charles Blonkenfeld and Sakura Taylor.
Chanelle Sinclair
Toya Collins, Charles Blonkenfeld and Sakura Taylor.

Charlie Blonkenfeld has been in the food business for a long time. His latest project is a nondescript, strip-mall bagel shop called Bagelfeld’s in east Phoenix.

He started during the pandemic, selling his bagels at farmers markets and a few local businesses. 

But then, last month, everything changed for him, pretty much overnight. It happened after Bon Appetit published a list of the 24 best bagel shops around the country — and Bagelfeld’s made the list. 

Ever since, it’s been a wild ride for Blonkenfeld and The Show got the chance to talk to him more about it.

Assortment of Bagelfeld
Chanelle Sinclair
Assortment of Bagelfeld's bagels.

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