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

Kettleman's Rewards Card

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

Ottawa cateringSo, you’ve decided to celebrate Passover away from home, in Ottawa. Maybe you’re taking a well-deserved vacation, traveling with family, visiting relatives, or simply have to be away for business. Whatever the reason, knowing how to celebrate Passover properly when you’re away from home is essential, and we have the tips that can help. Read more

Andy Stone

Andy Stone

All of our customers in the Glebe will recognize Andy from the front counter. He’s been a valued employee at our Glebe location for 17 years and was recently promoted to general manager. He was featured recently on CBC’s All In A Day with Alan Neal. You can check out the clip here.

Alan stopped by the store to chat with Andy after one of our customers submitted his name for consideration for a piece on the show about retail employees who go above and beyond. Andy sits down and discusses his time with us, as well as some of the things that make up his day. Andy’s been a fantastic member of our team, and his work ethic shines through in the interview.

Congratulations Andy. You deserve it. We appreciate the effort you make every day. Read more

CaptureIt’s January, and every year, millions of individuals around the world make solemn promises to themselves that they will lose weight. Of course, not everyone finds this an easy promise to keep, and many will have abandoned their decision before February is even thought of. If you’re sticking to your diet, and making sure you’re doing everything possible to lose those extra pounds, you may feel like your food choices are rather limited.

Let’s face it. No one wants to eat a salad every single day.

The truth is, you don’t have to give up flavor for few calories or sacrifice your favorite foods for bland alternatives- especially when you visit Kettleman’s Bagel Co. Read more

Christmas in Ottawa

Capture6If you are a Christmas spirit enthusiast, Ottawa, Canada is the place for you. From tree lighting, to parades, to ice skating on frozen canals, Christmas in Ottawa is a dream come true.

With all of the holiday excitement, it can be hard to choose which events and activities you’re going to attend. We have compiled a list of the most magical and memorable activities you can enjoy with your families and loved ones. Read more