Eric Hawronsky, Owner and Head Baker at B.C. Bagels
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Where did the idea for B.C. Bagels come from?
A friend of mine actually came up with it. I Liked the way it sounded and means "before the common era." It fit my way of hand making everything with real ingredients.
B.C. Bagels seems to have begun at the cutting edge of a local specialty foods movement in Bismarck. What can you tell me about creating specialty foods in Bismarck?
At the time, Bismarck was really lacking in specialty foods and I tried to fill as many gaps as I could. We started real bagels, a juice bar and high-end single origin dark chocolate.
What has been the highlight of your venture so far?
The smiles on peoples faces as they enjoy a real bagel for the first time.
If you could go back in time and talk to yourself when B.C. Bagels was only one week old, what would you say?
Be patient and don't make hasty decisions.
Do you have any advice for people who have a big dream?
If you're going to take risks, don't put one foot in. Jump in with both feet and make it happen.
Has being part of a North Dakotan community fostered the growth of your venture? If so, how?
NY Style bagels are new to the area and people seem to find it interesting that a ND born boy became a NY style bagel maker. It's drawn more interest to my shop.
What has been your biggest challenge in your startup, and how have you worked to overcome that challenge?
Finding funding to get everything off the ground. I've found ways to save and buy used equipment to get around those hurdles.
What is the best way to turn a dream of starting something into action?
Quit thinking about it and start today. There will always be a tomorrow and another day that it won't happen. Just go for it.
What are you listening to/reading right now?
Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan
You can find B.C. Bagels in the Gateway Mall in Bismarck at 2700 State Street.