Sorry…what!?

That’s exactly what Ottawa’s Mayor, Jim Watson, did yesterday when he bet New York mayor Bill De Blasio about who was going to win the upcoming playoff series between the Ottawa Senators and the New York Rangers. The Ottawa Citizen reported on the friendly and customary bet between these municipal politicians, yesterday. As per the mayor himself….

Should the Senators prevail in the best-of-seven series, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will wear a Senators jersey, send a whack of bagels up north and plant a maple tree somewhere in Gotham.
If the Rangers win, Watson will send Golden Palace egg rolls to New York City, wear a Rangers jersey and plant a native New York tree somewhere in the city.

So..couple of things to just get out there. We love Golden Palace egg rolls. They’re a great business and they have the best egg rolls in the city, in our opinion. They’re also very popularly served at the Canadian Tire Centre during hockey games. Read more

Facebook has firmly established itself as an important marketing platform for business. We’ve been using it as an important part of our efforts for several years. Worldwide, there are over 1.86 billion monthly active Facebook users (Facebook MAUs) which is a 17 percent increase year over year.  That’s kind of crazy.

This weekend….

This weekend, we hit an important milestone for Kettleman’s on the social network that Mark Zuckerberg built. We hit 30,000 likes and follows!

We didn’t want to hit this mark without providing some interesting stats about who makes up this group, so we created this infographic to give you a glimpse into what makes up this number of bagel lovers and fans of the Montreal style approach to making them.

The breakdown…

First – overwhelmingly – more women like and follow Kettleman’s Bagel Co. on Facebook than men. 64% of our likes and follows come from women compared to 34% of men. Way back in 2010, Forbes pointed out an interesting trend. Read more

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We Have A Nifty New App, Rewards, and Gift Cards!

We recently celebrated being open for a month at our new College Square location, and with it, came the first 30 days of customers using our brand spankin’ new app, courtesy of Spoonity, for both iOS and Android.

As a cash only business for a long period of time, we knew that we needed to provide alternative methods of payments in our stores in a world where the immediate ability to do almost everything from your phone is now the norm. That’s not all, though. Besides the app, we also have new gift cards and a new rewards program that we’ve rolled out. We’re also offering tap enabled debit in both of our stores as well. You can use your regular debit cards in our stores, and if you’ve set them up with Apple Pay or Android Pay, we can take that too. In summary, you can now pay 4 different ways in our stores. Read more

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Ottawa. The capital of Canada and quick food made with premium ingredients. 

The city is sometimes referred to as a sleepy town of government bureaucrats, chain restaurants, and shopping malls that are spanned from one end of the city to the next. We’re known for Parliament hill, the House of Commons, and the Ottawa Senators. The 613 area code evokes the taste of Beavertails for many. However, in the last 10 years, Ottawa has also become a recognized and highly respected fast casual food destination, and frankly, we deserve it. You might be asking yourself what “fast casual” food is. It’s where you can enjoy the speediness of fast-food with the quality of a fine restaurant. For a city of a little over a million people, we bring in almost a million tourists every year, hungry for the wealth of world class museums, shopping, and landmarks that we offer. We think it’s time the fast casual food scene in this city gets its due. Read more

Dear Customers…

Kettleman's Bagel Co. College Square in Ottawa

2015 and 2016 have been years of growth and transition for us.

 

For more than 20 years, our original Bank street store remained open almost constantly, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year long. In that amount of time, we’ve baked and served millions (literally) of bagels. Last year, we started the process of renovating our flagship location in the Glebe. This was a long overdue update on not only our store, but our brand. We want to provide one of the best, if not the best, casual dining experience you will find, with a product and menu that is unparalleled. Not many businesses see the kind of traffic that we do on a daily basis. We’ve been extremely fortunate in the support we’ve received from the community, and it’s that very support that motivated us to give Kettleman’s a fresh reset and look beyond the Glebe. Read more

Our Logo Contest…

We’d like to sincerely thank our customers for their honest feedback regarding our logo contest that was launched a few weeks back. We were positively overwhelmed by your enthusiastic and observant responses, and swiftly reminded of how incredible our customers are!

LOGO CONTEST

The overall reaction was that the logos we presented were not representative of who we are and what we mean to the community. With careful consideration to these reactions and reasoning, we fully agree with you!

We’ve decided to regroup with the team to create something better suited to our brand with all your input in mind.

We feel very privileged to have such a loyal group of customers, who not only visit us regularly, but also offer their insights and opinions on our initiatives, and motivate us to work harder.

Thanks, The Kettleman’s Bagel Co Family

We’d also like to announce the winner of the six dozen bagels is Jennifer Comacchio, who in her submission said, “I really enjoy the no-wall policy that is unique to your customer experience. Read more

halloween pumpkinHalloween is a holiday celebrated in many places around the world. Some have haunted hikes, some have trick or treating, some even have theme parks that aim to scare the socks off of anyone who enters, but no one does Halloween exactly like Ottawa, Canada. If you’re considering visiting Ottawa the month of October, we have some advice on a few things you and your family MUST do! This is sure to be your best trip to Ottawa yet. With activities for adults, children, families and friends, there is something for everyone to take part in during Halloween in Ottawa. Read more

03D60812 copyFirst dates are a big deal. We all know this. If the date goes well, there will be second date and possibly a long term relationship. If the first date goes horribly wrong, odds are you missed your chance with that person. With the possibility of a relationship hanging in the balance, choosing what to do on a first date can be a big cause of stress.

In an effort to make your life a little easier, and your first date go a little smoother, today we are going to share with you some of the best first date ideas for the Ottawa area. Read more

kettleman's bagel co.Planning a day spent with your children is a wonderful idea. Depending on what you decide to do with the day, this could be a memory that lasts a lifetime. Coming up with interesting things to do with children on a day off is tricky.

We are going to share with you, a few of our favorite parent and child activities to take part in around Ottawa. These ideas will be budget friendly, and you child will love them. Read more

kidsSummer in Ottawa is the most beautiful time of year. The weather is warm, the sky is blue, and you don’t have to wear 10 layers of clothes! With all of this perfect weather, we tend to want to spend a little more time outdoors than usual. Picnics are the perfect way to spend time outside in the fresh air, while enjoying the company of your family.

Today we are going to share with you, the 5 best foods to bring along with you on your next picnic adventure. Read more