Bagel shop opens

By Observer Upload May 02, 2013 09:03 am

Priscilla Harvey, owner of the new Good Seed Bagel shop in Baker City, displays some of the restaurantís bagels and other baked goods. (Mark Bogart photo)
Priscilla Harvey, owner of the new Good Seed Bagel shop in Baker City, displays some of the restaurantís bagels and other baked goods. (Mark Bogart photo)

by Mark Bogart/For the Baker City Herald

Good Seed Bagel is open for business in Baker City. 

Although bagels are the anchor product, other baked goods and limited breakfast and lunch menus are also available. The new establishment, at 1780 Main St., is owned by Priscilla and Bill Harvey, Jr.

After a trial opening on April 28, the couple say they are ready for customers to enjoy their handmade, from-scratch creations. During the last couple of months Priscilla has tried out and “tweaked” 18 recipes for fresh bagels. The bakery has done a limited wholesale and delivery operation partly to test reaction to her products and to narrow the list to about a dozen favorites. Cheddar-bacon and jalepeno-cheddar have been popular so far, Priscilla said.

Good Seed offers a variety of breakfast and lunch sandwiches, with options for wraps and hoagies, in addition to bagels. Customers can then choose meats, cheeses, vegetables and condiments to complete their custom sandwiches. Cream cheese (in several flavors) is also available. Salads and vegetable trays are also available. A variety of coffee drinks will soon be added.

The Harveys want to continue to develop the wholesale and delivery operations they started during the winter. Their products will be available at some local restaurants and will be served at meetings and gatherings at businesses and agencies throughout the area. In the future, they hope to expand to other communities as well.

“If it was easy, everybody would be doing it,” Priscilla’s mother told her about the new venture. And the Harveys have faced some challenges and “learned a lot” on the way to opening day. Finding and adapting the right location, developing a promising business plan and meeting government regulations were all hurdles to overcome.

Priscilla said her personal challenge has been to “come out of my shell a little bit,” in order to interact comfortably with vendors and customers. The couple are also raising three children, ages 14, 2, and 4 months.

Priscilla Harvey said she is grateful for the support she and her husband have received along the way. She is attending a business planning class taught by Lisa Dawson of NEOEDD (Northeast Oregon Economic Development District). The couple have also received regular guidance from Gene Stackle of Blue Mountain Community College’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC). They credit Stackle with helping build a business plan, use required forms, research the competition and even develop the company’s logo.

The Harveys have also used the Oregon Employment Department for help in finding the right staff, Priscilla said. She added that other good advice has come from Directors Kate Dimon of Historic Baker City Inc. and Debi Bainter of the Baker County Chamber of Commerce.

Although they’ve hired four employees, Priscilla will be involved in all aspects of the business, from baking to waiting on customers. Her experience comes from working in a bakery as well as cooking for her family.

Bill oversaw the remodeling, which entailed adding the kitchen and bathrooms. He also focused on the development of the wholesale and delivery functions. However, he has also continued to work in the excavation field in order to maintain the family income while the new business gets established. He left for a job in Alaska on Saturday.

At 3,500 square feet, the building which houses Good Seed has plenty of room for the business to grow, Priscilla said.

The space will be roomy at first since taxes are based on seating, she explained. A unique feature will be the couches and stuffed chairs on one side of the establishment, giving customers a place to relax as they enjoy their purchases.

The building, which formerly housed Memory House Antiques, is being leased from the Odd Fellows.

Good Seed Bagel is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The phone number is 541-523-3300.