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‘This is our new home': Baltimore-based bagel pop-up shop opens storefront amid coronavirus pandemic

Amid the coronavirus pandemic and the state’s reopening plan, pop-up shop Bottoms Up Bagels opened its new store June 17, 2020, in Better Waverly in North Baltimore.
Amid the coronavirus pandemic and the state’s reopening plan, pop-up shop Bottoms Up Bagels opened its new store June 17, 2020, in Better Waverly in North Baltimore. (Bottoms Up Bagels)

Amid the coronavirus pandemic and the state’s reopening plan, Baltimore-based bagel pop-up shop Bottoms Up Bagels opened its new store Wednesday in Better Waverly.

The North Baltimore store will also be open this week Friday and Saturday for “walk-up to-go orders,” as well as Thursday and Sunday for delivery in what the business called a “rolling open.” The business also wrote that it would have “clear signage that allows for social distancing” and require masks.

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While Republican Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan last week allowed the reopening of indoor dining at 50% capacity, Democratic Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young has yet to advance the city to that stage.

Even as the pandemic shuttered many businesses, co-founder and operator Michelle Bond said it “seemed strange to hesitate to open” and possibly delay a goal she and co-founder Joan Kanner worked toward for close to three years. Bond wrote that while the company will still do pop-ups and appear at farmers markets, “this is our new home.”

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“Ultimately it’s a big deal to open, period,” Bond wrote. “To be able to do so now is a testament to our team and our customers and the community we’ve built together.”

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