Ann Arbor Weather:
Wednesday July 15, 2020
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed
drawing of bagels, Ann Arbor, Michigan, May 2012

Bagels to bread

Zingerman's updates birthday bargains

by Vickie Elmer

Published in May, 2012

Ten years ago, when Zingerman's first started giving away a half-dozen "birthday bagels," only about twenty-five people picked them up. By last year, word of the freebie had spread, and close to 2,000 people claimed the treat at Zing's southside Bakehouse. Free-bagel bliss ended this year. Bakehouse patrons can now pick out a free loaf of bread, up to $6.25 in value, with any purchase (even a single cookie or bagel) on their birthdays.

"When we close at seven, I don't want to have any bagels left over," explains Frank Carollo, the Bakehouse's managing partner. "To me, they're a morning thing." Yet customers would show up at 3 or 4 in the afternoon, wanting bagels for evening or even day-after-birthday bashes. "We have a better ability not to disappoint people by allowing them to choose a free loaf of bread."

At the nearby Zingerman's Creamery, too, customers now must buy something to receive a free birthday gelato. At the original Deli downtown, the free bagels have been replaced by a 15 percent birthday discount. Customers will need to spend at least $55 on pastrami sandwiches or brownies to equal the $8 value the six free bagels provided.

Carollo expects Zing's birthday treats will change again--and in less than another ten years. "We want to keep the shopping experience and our world fresh," he says.     (end of article)

[Originally published in May, 2012.]


Bookmark and Share
Print Comment E-mail

You might also like:

Subscribe to the Ann Arbor Observer
Reading and Racism
In a time of turmoil, books are a resource, not a refuge.
Cynthia Furlong Reynolds
Festivals, Fairs, Shows, & Sales
Riverside Arts Center turns to online art to bring people together
Artistic livestreams and an online photo gallery show the diverse culture of Ypsi artists.
Stephanie Sorter
Covid-19 SOS
Nonprofits and businesses in need
Maggie McMillin
Elementary Schools
Positivity Posters
Spreading cheer in the Dicken neighborhood
Shelley Daily
Nightspots: Blind Pig
Photo: The dog park at Broadway Park.
Crime Map
A clickable, zoomable map
spark ann arbor
Delux Drapery offers window treatments in Ann Arbor, Michigan like draperies, curtains, shutters & H
Vicki's Wash and Wear Haircuts