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A Taste of Essex Street Market: Davidovich Bakery Shop

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A historic culinary destination on the Lower East Side, Essex Street Market is home to more than 20 independent merchants. This series features the characters that make up the bustling corner of Delancey and Essex Street.

Davidovich Bakery is the story of two men searching for the best bagel in NYC. 

With their search yielding minimal satisfaction, they decided to recreate the delicious, mouth-watering bagels they had once tasted in their Grandmother's kitchen for themselves. Davidovich Bakery was born. 

That was 1998. Today, Davidovich remains a family business, where you can order online, over the phone, or on-site at Davidovich's first retail location at Essex Street Market. 

We spoke to Kate, Davidovich's director of retail operations, about what it's been like to work out of their flagship retail location at Essex Street Market.

Business name: Davidovich Bakery Shop

Business owner: Gene Davidovich

Market start: Since October 2013

Product sold: Davidovich bagels, French pastries, traditional muffins and cookies, house made cream cheeses, signature sandwiches, and coffee and espresso drinks

What is your favorite memory at the market? 

There are so many great memories. One of them goes back a year ago when we were just building our shop. Market customers were very curious about who we were and what we would be selling. After they heard “fresh bagels," you could see their happy faces and excitement. Everybody could not wait until we opened. 

"It was a great feeling of welcoming by the community of locals. And it still is."

What is your favorite time of the week at the market and why?

Our favorite time is Saturday morning/lunch. That is the time when the market is fully alive with lots of visitors. All vendors are excited to serve lines of customers and grow their businesses. 

Do you source any of your own products from within the market? 

Yes, we source veggies for our signature sandwiches and salads. We are very happy with the quality. 

Are there any fun facts about your business that you want to share?

We love our customers and it is always a joy to see those who come back/become regulars.

By the time one of our regulars approaches the counter, our crew members are already in the process of preparing the order, such as picking the specific bagel flavor or making a drink by memory etc.. Customers feel very special about that and even honored when a crewmember remembers their preference. This positive energy makes the whole purchase very enjoyable and fun for both the customers and for us.

Come to Essex Street Market and find out why Davidovich Bakery has the world's most beloved bagels. Browse the market for the rest of your cupboard and check out our Essex Street Market profiles to learn more about all of the market's other offerings at the Essex Street Market website

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