Bill Weber and Shea Mascia’s bagel business, Two Poodles, began as a hobby—and by hobby they mean a hobby of eating them.
Now, starting this weekend, they are bringing their own homemade bagels to the Broad Street Market.
The couple met at Temple University in Philadelphia and took many trips to local bagel shops. They began trying out their own recipes and eventually wanted to take it to the next level and turn it into a business.
“There was a need for a good bagel shop in this area,” Mascia said.
They opened their first shop in the York Central Market in mid-February selling their fresh bread and cream cheese spreads. The bagels are made from their own locally cultivated yeast, which, according to Mascia, enhances the taste.
“They are as from-scratch as they can be,” Mascia explained.
Each bagel is prepared a day in advance in their hometown—Elizabethtown, giving it time to rise overnight and be baked fresh in the morning. Two Poodles also generously covers each bagel with toppings such as sesame or poppy seeds to ensure no bite is without that extra crunch.
Bagels are available for preorder online by the dozen or half dozen for those wanting to guarantee they get their box full.
And the business name? Take one look at both of their long curly hair and you will probably understand where it came from.
Both Weber and Mascia are excited to expand to Broad Street Market as they continue to grow their business. Weber highlighted how they are bringing a new breakfast option to the market, something it was previously lacking.
“We are really excited to be a part of this market and to get to know Harrisburg better,” Mascia said.
Animal ethics are also important to the couple as they are both vegetarians. They hope to soon find ways to use ethically produced milk in their products.
Weber pointed out their goal of having their own retail location in the future, their market shops being the first steps in the life of their business.
“That’s always been a dream of ours—to have a big shop,” Weber said.
Working together in their business has always been the couple’s desire and they are enjoying the two-fold partnership they have.
“If you’re good relationship partners, you’re better business partners,” Weber explained.
Two Poodles is located in the Broad Street Street in Harrisburg and the York Central Market in York. For more information, visit their website.