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Owners of Potsdam Bagelry opening second shop in Canton

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CANTON - A corner downtown building will soon be filled with the smell of freshly-made bagels, artisan coffee, desserts and more.

The new owners of The Bagelry, 9 Market St., Potsdam, are preparing to open a second bagel shop in Canton at 103 Main St. that will also be called The Bagelry. The 1,900-square-foot building previously housed The Edge, a custom printing and sports apparel store that closed in December.

“We have aspirations to open in very late August,” Gabriel A. Ockrin, a co-owner, said. ”We will be offering the same excellent, freshly-baked bagels we offer in Potsdam.”

Operating hours have not been finalized.

The bagels are water-boiled and don’t contain additives or preservatives, he said. Options include plain, whole wheat, sesame, poppy, cinnamon raisin, onion and Italian. Bagel sandwiches, including several choices that feature chicken, will be available. Delivery will be offered at lunchtime and possibly in the evening.

Mr. Ockrin and his business partner, B. Ryan Dunphrey, have been busy installing cabinets designed by a local woodworker inside the historic building they lease from owners Richard and Julie Grayson. The counter features distressed wood that was also purchased locally.

Like their bagel shop in Potsdam, the Canton location will offer freshly-roasted specialty coffees, pastries and a monster-sized chocolate chip cookie. Mr. Ockrin said the Potsdam Bagelry will continue to supply fresh bagels to St. Lawrence University, the Partridge Café in the Midtown Plaza and Canton Central School District. The bagels will be made in Potsdam and delivered fresh each morning.

“We want to get our bagels in as many places as possible,” he said.

The Canton Bagelry will be just a few feet from the Blackbird Café, 107 Main St., which also a gathering spot for coffee drinkers and also offers breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Mr. Ockrin said he believes having more eateries available in Canton can help all the establishments prosper.

“We believe a rising tide raises all ships,” he said. “There are lots of students and other folks who appreciate having different options. The goal is to get people out of their homes and offices. If we have more options, they are more likely to come out.”

Brooke E. Rouse, a Canton village trustee who is also the director of the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, said having a concentrated area of eating places is a positive situation for commerce.

“I do believe having a concentrated area of activity is good for everybody,” she said. “If we have multiple options, open at different times, offering different things, it encourages more people to come downtown and enjoy what we have to offer.”

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