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On the Job: New owner at Big Apple Bagels is familiar face

8:20 PM, Nov. 10, 2013  |  Comments
Carie Bembenek has taken over ownership of Big Apple Bagels, 1600 American Drive in Plover.
Carie Bembenek has taken over ownership of Big Apple Bagels, 1600 American Drive in Plover.
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On the Job is a blog by Business Editor Nathan Vine that reports local business news in Portage County. You can view the blog at stevenspointjournal.com .

The following are excerpts from the blog:

PLOVER - People who make a daily stop at Big Apple Bagels in Plover for a cup of coffee or a favorite bagel wouldn't think anything is different to see Carie Bembenek greet them at the front counter or drive-thru.

But Bembenek, a Stevens Point native and a graduate of Stevens Point Area Senior High, is now the owner of the franchise after working as a manager there for the past four years.

"I was approached to see if I was interested. It was kind of a shock, but sometimes life happens and you have to go with it," said Bembenek, who officially took ownership in July. "I know the business pretty well, so I felt good about taking this step."

The restaurant, which has been in Plover for more than 10 years, has a selection of 20 to 30 bagels to choose from daily. There also are muffins, deli sandwiches, salads, soups, smoothies and coffee. Catering services are available for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. Bembenek said she has a staff of about 11 part-time employees, primarily college students from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point or Mid-State Technical College.

Big Apple Bagels is at 1600 American Drive. For more information, call 715-342-5740, visit www.bigapplebagels.com/plover/ or search "Big Apple Bagels, Plover, WI (American Drive)" on Facebook.

Village Hive adds new tenant

AMHERST - The Village Hive Bakery & Local Foods Collective, a shared-use kitchen in Amherst, has added a new tenant with a perfect product for the holiday season.

Mary Robl, owner of Gingerbread Hag Ovens, has been making gingerbread cookies since the mid-1990s. Robl, who said she is working toward using all organic ingredients for her gingerbread, will be selling the cookies in packs of six or 12 at the Village Hive, 127 N. Main St.

Robl said she is will offer pumpkin gingerbread cookies, chocolate gingerbread cookies and a family recipe of angel food candy sometime in the future.

For information, pricing and ordering, call Mary Robl at 920-422-2839 or email gingerbreadhag@gmail.com.

Amy Powers opened the Village Hive Bakery & Local Foods Collective in October after her previous business at the location, New Village Bakery, closed in April. The new business offers commercial kitchen space and equipment for rent to people looking to make food in large batches. There also is retail space at the front of the building for tenants.

To learn more about The Village Hive, call Amy Powers at 715-340-8989, email breadnjunk@gmail.com or search for "The Village Hive: Bakery & Local Foods Collective" on Facebook.

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