22 Years of BBC!

August 13th, 2019 by

The BBC celebrated it’s 22nd anniversary this month. Time flies when you are boiling bagels!  And yes, we are still Locally Owned and Boiled! 

People always ask me how the BBC started. My short answer, “I needed a job!”

The truth is that I always wanted to start my own business. I was the geek in high school that was reading books on how to start your own business (when I wasn’t on my Atari playing Pong or at another marathon session of Dungeons and Dragons). I arrived in Bloomington for graduate school and fell in love with the community. After an unsuccessful foray into my chosen career (yes I was fired in USA Today…for both reasonable and unreasonable reasons), I decided to embrace my dream of entrepreneurship.

I wrote my first business plan and realized the concept I was considering was the path to financial ruin. On a trip home to Buffalo New York, I read a long article in the Buffalo Evening News on how the bagel industry was taking off. Something clicked. I realized my constant complaining about Bloomington not having any real bagels could be solved!

I wrote a quick business plan and realized this actually might work. I got a job working the night shift in a local bakery (do you remember the Daily Grind/Daily Bread?) to see if I could bake for a living. I loved it! I had someone in my life, Will Hays Jr., who believed in me and helped me to finance the start of the Bloomington Bagel Co. I found a kosher bagel store back in New York that would train me to make real bagels that were boiled.

22 years later and I am grateful for the patience and support of my family, friends, coworkers and our community. The most important lesson I have learned is that it takes a village. And by the way, I now play Xbox and Settlers of Cataan. Geeks win.

By the way, my name is Sue Aquila.  You can learn more about my other life as one of the top long course triathletes in my age group in the world.  I blog at www.fewoman.com about training and business.


Rescuing you from Little 500 and Graduation Stress!

March 26th, 2019 by

So, how can the BBC rescue you? Easy. Let us cater your next event. We specialize in breakfast, lunch and treats. We can make you look like a rock star with minimal effort. We even deliver for free! So, have more time with friends and family by letting us do your work.

Take a moment and fill out this form and we will contact you!

We are at that point in the school year where we all sense that the ‘end is near’! In a few weeks, we will celebrate our annual rite of spring (assuming spring ever arrives) known as the Little 500. Whether students or locals, all of you competing inspire each of us to get fit. And ride bikes! Thank you.

Not long after Little 500, Graduation creeps on us with sadness and celebration! It is always hard to say goodbye to all the friends we have made during their time at IU. For many, it was a quick four, five or even six years! Each goodbye is a celebration to a job well done and a future of opportunity. Plus, we see most of them again at Homecoming! Depending upon the state they are in, they might even remember their visit!

Have a great spring, ride fast and graduate hard!

Heart Attack…Order Yours Today!

January 25th, 2019 by
Heart Attack

Bagels Made with Love

21 years later and we are still hand making red heart shape bagels for Valentine’s Day. Please fill out the BBC quick form here to reserve your heart attack today!  We sell out each year!

Need something a little more sweet?  Order or pick up one of our beautifully decorated sugar bombs for the one you love!

Your favorite frosted home made sugar cookie.

Sugar Bombs

Celebrating Singles Awareness Day?  You deserve one too!

Turkey Trots – 7:30am Thanksgiving at BBC on Dunn St.

September 4th, 2018 by

Home Again!

August 11th, 2017 by

This is just a glimpse of our newest/oldest store at 113 N Dunn St.  This was the original BBC location 21 years ago and now replaced with an amazing new building.  We continue to focus on our locally boiled bagels and great service.  Please feel free to visit any of our four locations anytime you are in town or in need of your bagel fix.

Thank you to all the local builders for making this happen and to the community for your patience during this last year.  It takes a village to improve the BBC and thank you for being part of ours.  

No easy way!

All of us at the BBC.  

Beginnings, Endings and the Hole in Between

September 7th, 2016 by

20+ years ago, I decided I wanted to open a bakery. I was lucky to get hired as a night baker at the Daily Bread. I was even luckier to be trained by Rob Himmel. He was the perfect teacher; an infectious joy of baking, a great East Coast sense of humor and the patience to teach a novice the ropes of commercial baking.

Rob and I stayed in touch through the years as he developed the successful City Bakery and I started the Bloomington Bagel Co. Eventually he started selling our bagels and we would employ his staff when he closed for seasonal breaks. The best part was sharing joint custody of the ever famous Bagel Dave Boyer.

A few months ago, Rob was considering taking an extended break. He still had a remaining lease but felt it was a good time to consider stepping out of the baking business. I was honored when Rob asked the Bloomington Bagel Co to assume his lease. And we are.

Today we open our fourth Bloomington Bagel Co at 1318 E. Third St. And this could not have happened without Rob’s support and the support of the new owner of Bear’s Place, Andrew Thomas. If you haven’t checked out Bear’s Place recently, please do. They have renovated, added a new menu, patio and the BBC.

I am even prouder to tell you that Bagel Dave will continue in his role of Master of Bagel Ceremonies!

Thank you as always to the Bloomington community for your support. It takes a village to start a small business and because of your support, we continue to grow the hole thing. Sorry, I couldn’t resist. At least I kept it PG.

We remain at your service and “Locally Owned and Boiled!”

Happy 20th BBC Anniversary!

July 29th, 2016 by

Happy 20th BBC Anniversary to our family, friends, staff and guests. It has been an amazing journey. And we are excited to share with you our plans as the journey continues.

We never imagined a successful 20 year run and neither did our equipment. Or the building. In the last year our oven broke, our roof started leaking and the signs became clear that we had outlived the life span of our building.


Starting August 4th, you will find that our Dunn St. store has moved next to Nick’s in the old Panda Express building. Same hours, same food, and same dedication to ‘East Coast Bagels with Midwest’ service. We will be spending the next year at this site as we contribute to urban renewal by tearing down the ugliest building downtown. Yes, you can fix ugly.

The BBC would not be able to start this next chapter without you. When the going has gotten tough, the support of the Bloomington community kept us going. Whether it was the Big Dig, bigoted protestors or tornado like winds, we have persevered together.

We can only imagine what excitement is waiting for us the next 20 years. A little less excitement would be okay too.

You have filled our Hole with love. Thank you from the bottom of our kettle.

We remain ‘Locally Owned and Boiled!”

Spring Break 2016 – March 12-20

March 10th, 2016 by

All locations closing at 3 pm!

It’s that time of the year again, where Bloomington clears out and feels empty without the hustle and bustle of the academic community.

Accordingly, we adjust our hours and close at all our locations at 3 pm for the whole week, March 12-20. So get your bagels early, and have a good vacation!


Senior Schmear Sponsored by IU Alumni Association

April 12th, 2013 by

The IU Alumni Association with Agency 7 is hosting the 2nd annual Senior Schmear
at the Dunn St. location Bloomington Bagel Co. on Sunday, April 14 from 11 a.m. to
1 p.m. The first 250 seniors to stop by and sign up for the IUAA will receive a free
bagel with cream cheese.

The IU Alumni Association is an alumni network of over 500,000 graduates from
all Indiana University campuses. Benefits of the IUAA include access to the alumni
directory, career coaching and a subscription to the IUAA magazine. The first year of
membership in the IUAA is free, and after, there is the option to renew annually or
purchase a lifetime membership.

Agency 7 is a student-run advertising and public relations agency, operating out
of the Journalism school. This is the second year Agency 7 and the IUAA have
collaborated to put on the bagel event.

Senior Schmear is an event to promote membership in the IUAA, which serves to
keep graduating seniors connected to Indiana University. So Sunday morning, wake
up, bring your friends and enjoy a free bagel!

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