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Faces remembered at Olde World Bagels

Gina Foreste owner of Olde World Bagels & Market displays her Open Face Lox sandwich Tuesday October 6 in downtown Prescott.

Gina Foreste owner of Olde World Bagels & Market displays her Open Face Lox sandwich Tuesday October 6 in downtown Prescott.

Those who are looking for a little bit of something light in the morning, and have time to head down Goodwin Street might want to roll over to Olde World Bagels & Market, 404 W. Goodwin St. in Park Plaza. In business for nearly five years, the owners have plans to bring the bagel baking process to the eatery. It can be reached at 928-771-0441 and is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday and until 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Owner Gina Foreste said Olde World Bagels will be celebrating its fifth year in December. A former aesthetician, Foreste said her husband at the time visited and told her he had just bought bagel equipment.

"Later on that night, we had a conversation about what we might do with this bagel equipment and my dad had just moved to town and he had already jumped on board and said that he would help bake bagels and make the dough," Foreste said. "And Olde World Bagels was born. It took six months to open this place."

Though she doesn't always remember names, Foreste said she remembers faces along with the accompanying drink or bagel order. She said she feels like the eatery is the place where all the locals go, as there are quite a few regulars.

And in addition to those regulars, new people come in every day, Foreste said. Many of them say they've either driven by and noticed it or were told about it from a friend or through social media.

But it's easy to see why Olde World Bagels is recommended and talked about by its customers because it has an average of four out of five stars on sites like yelp.com (15 reviews), tripadvisor.com (27 reviews) and zomato.com (five reviews).

"What a Prescott gem!

"Great local bagel shop."

"When in town, do check this shop out!"

"If you want family, friendly and good food, you can't beat this place!"

"The Best Coffee in all of Yavapai County!"

"My new favorite morning stop."

"If you don't get your bagels here, you are missing out."

It's the bagels and coffee that keep bringing the customers back, Foreste said, speaking highly of the talents of the Olde World Bagels' baristas. Some people come in just for the coffee, she said.

Foreste said she loves her staff as well as the customers, noting that they have become like family.

"It's been really great," she said. "I think with owning a business, I feel like I know so many more people within the community."

Though there aren't any ideas yet for the five-year anniversary of Olde World Bagels, Foreste said she does want to plan something as she loves to throw a party and there never was a grand opening.

But there's also plans to improve upon the eatery, Foreste said.

"We are talking about bringing our bakery over here and then cutting this dining (area) in half, but having a big picture window so everybody can see what actually goes into a bagel, which is really cool and a lot of work," she said.