Questions often asked of us:
What’s up with “Best Bagel East of New York?”
In marketing your company or product to the world or even just locally, you always want to be remembered.
Look at the duck for Aflac, the gecko for Geico and the Jack for Jack in the Box. It makes no sense at all to have a duck or gecko for your spokesperson but it is remembered.
I have had more people than you can imagine write or call me and suggest that Seattle is west of New York. In fact, one person who worked for a US congressman in Washington DC took lots of pride in telling me my slogan was stupid and so was I for thinking of it. Bet he remembers me! I know we are west of NY, however if you look at a globe, go east, and keep going east, you eventually will get back to Seattle. Going this way covers a lot more ground than “just going west”.
You wouldn’t have emailed me if my slogan read “Best bagels west of NY”. Most likely, except for us having really good bagels, you probably would have either forgotten the name of Blazing Bagels or simply not cared and Blazing Bagels would be like every other forgettable company.
This is why I am very proud to say, Blazing Bagels, Best Bagel East of NY and thanks so much for thinking of us
So what’s with New Yorkers saying, you can’t make a really good bagel unless you use New York water?
It’s not the water, get over it!
Why do we have a sign that says, "We reserve the right to refuse service to Redmond City Council members and New Yorkers (just kidding about New Yorkers, sometimes)"?
As far as the Redmond City Council, see the answer below under "Are we the same people that sued the City of Redmond over a sign issue?" As for the "New Yorkers...sometimes," look above at the answer to "So what’s with New Yorkers saying, you can’t make a really good bagel unless you use New York water?," and the answer below under "Are our bagels real bagels?"
Is Blazing Bagels a franchise?
No, but we could be in the future. We have had numerous requests about franchising Blazing Bagels and look forward to that happening one day.
Blazing Bagels needs more dough! Blazing bagels and the banks.
The Seattle Times has written an interesting article about us and the current business loan policies of Washington's banks. Read the article here: Business loans shrink at Washington banks
Are we the same people that sued the City of Redmond over a sign issue?
Yes we are. We sued the city for $1.00 for the right to hold a sign on a public sidewalk advertising our hard to find location. Four years and seven federal judges and an appeal in the 9th District Court of Appeals later, we won. Want to read more? Check out the following links:
The Power of One Entrepreneur: Dennis Ballen
Dennis Ballen, et al., v. The City of Redmond, et al.
Justia US Law: Dennis Ballen v. The City of Redmond
Are our bagel real bagels?
Only a New Yorker would ask that and my answer to that question is, “If a bagel looks like a real bagel and tastes like a real bagel, then it’s a real bagel.”