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Karsh's Bakery Closes After Over 40 Years

Karsh's bakery catered for special events, such as weddings and annivesaries.
(Photo courtesy of Karsh's Bakery Facebook Account)
Karsh's bakery catered for special events, such as weddings and annivesaries.

A landmark central-Phoenix kosher bakery is closing after more than 40 years in business. Karsh’s opened in Phoenix in the 1960s on Central Avenue and moved to its 7th Street location in 1985. On Wednesday, it will open its doors for the last time.

Ken McKinney has worked at Karsh’s 19 years. He said the closure is partly due to the economic downturn but also a downturn in demand for kosher goods.

It’s just changes through generations. You know, some of them aren’t as strict as they were growing up," said McKinney. "People that grew up here come in, but it’s just, it’s just not enough."

McKinney said cheaper cakes and bread in grocery store bakeries have cut into business. Karsh’s has made cakes for all occasions and traditional Jewish baked goods like challah bread.

McKinney is expecting a lot of people Wednesday as customers rush to get orders filled before the doors close at 6 p.m.

Annika Cline was born in Germany, raised in California and transplanted to Arizona. She studied at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.Cline produces and reports for KJZZ’s original production, The Show, covering stories from all corners of the Valley as well as bringing listeners a slice of their own community in the weekly Sounds of the City series.Cline also volunteers as an art instructor for foster youths and their families.