Where would the world be without bagels? Cream cheese would be without a best friend, toasters would feel empty and breakfast just wouldn’t be the same.
For Liz and Sinan Aktar, the thought of moving to a place without authentic New York-style bagels was hard to swallow. When the couple decided to move to Charleston they immediately noticed a bagel void. Being from New York by way of New Jersey, the Aktars know their bagels-- and knew they couldn’t live without them.
“What would we do without a good breakfast spot? We’d be miserable!” laughed Liz.
The Aktars secured an internship with a well-known bagel shop in New Jersey to learn all about the art of bagel making. After much trial and error, head baker, Richard Lemmel, succeeded in crafting the perfect New York-style bagel: chewy and shiny with a hallmark crackly crust, just like those the Aktars had grown up eating.
Soon thereafter in February of 2010, Liz and Sinan opened The Bagel Shop, a bagel, breakfast and lunch destination in the heart of downtown Charleston at 41 George Street, to happy crowds of fellow bagel lovers.
Today, The Bagel Shop’s menu has expanded to feature more than just bagels, including pastries, breads, salads and sandwiches made in-house and to-order--and one of the best Philly Cheesesteaks in Charleston.
Open daily for breakfast, lunch and coffee, 7:30 a.m to 3:30 p.m.
41 George St. between King and St. Phillips.
About The Aktars
Sinan Aktar is a graduate of The University of Arizona with degrees in political science and history. He likes his bagel topped with Taylor ham, one egg and a slice of American cheese. Liz graduated with a degree in business from Rosemont College, located just outside of Philadelphia (hence the Philly Cheesesteak). Liz’s usual order is a multigrain bagel topped with an egg, American cheese, bacon and dash or two of hot sauce.
Liz and Sinan have two children, Simon and Juliet.