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Phoenix bagel shop became an overnight hot spot

Charlie Blonkenfeld has been in the food business for a long time. His latest project is a nondescript, strip-mall bagel shop called Bagelfeld’s in east Phoenix.

He started during the pandemic, selling his bagels at farmers markets and a few local businesses. 

But then, last month, everything changed for him, pretty much overnight. It happened after  Bon Appetit published a list of the 24 best bagel shops around the country — and Bagelfeld’s made the list. 

Ever since, it’s been a wild ride for Blonkenfeld and The Show got the chance to talk to him more about it.

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Lauren Gilger, host of KJZZ's The Show, is an award-winning journalist whose work has impacted communities large and small, exposing injustices and giving a voice to the voiceless and marginalized.