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Southland Bagel technically began at the Farmer's Market in March of 2019. But it had been swirling in our minds for a few years in different iterations. Three couples, all alike in dignity in fair Lexington, Kentucky is where we lay our scene. We all have young kids and wanted to build a place to share with the community where everyone would feel welcome and would be able to grab a quick and delicious bite. A place that felt like it had always been there. We knew where we'd want it to be. Right on Southland Drive. 

We wanted to do a 'Kentucky spin on New York style bagels'. Taking something classic and making it our own. All our bagels are made from scratch with Kentucky Proud Weisenberger Mill flour. Hand-rolled. Hand-formed. We boil them in Townsend Mill Sorghum straight from the source in Jeffersonville, Kentucky. 

We've been baking out of the Lexington Pasta Garage since we started. An amazing space that has housed some amazing startups like Crank and Boom Ice Cream, Sweetgrass Granola and the DV8 Bakery. We've learned a lot and made some new friends. The incubator kitchen environment and community that Lesme Romero has built here is ideal for beginning a business in food service.

We have also truly enjoyed our time at the Lexington Farmer's Market. All of our combined years of experience in food service have really influenced the way we want to build our brand. We love our customers and have worked hard to form relationships where people know us and we know them. We've tried to lay out a solid ground-game with our ever-growing bagel familia to keep y'all entertained and up to date on flavors, specials and news from the trenches.

And now it's time for us to grow. We hadn't planned on being in a brick and mortar so quickly, but the perfect space opened up. A space that used to be the Cottrell's bakery in Lexington. A place that some of our parents rode their bikes to to get french bread growing up (true story). 428 Southland Drive. It had been several things since that bakery in the 60's. Off-Broadway Costumes, Christian Word Ministries. But now it's ours. And we're bringing bagels back. To the neighborhood. To Lexington. To you. 

We're absolutely thrilled to be expanding our menu to a full breakfast and lunch space. Reasonably priced. Not pretentious. And open seven days a week. 

The rewards we're offering will let you fine folks get some deals on bagels, coffee, swag and some other unique opportunities. It will help us by avoiding accrual of extra debt that can cripple young, small businesses. We thank you for your support in helping us make the jump to our brick and mortar. We've been so humbled by the response from the community thus far to our food and can't wait to share with you the good stuff that's been rattling around in our brains. Southland Bagel will be opening early September at 428 Southland Drive, Lexington, Kentucky 40503. We love you Kentucky. It's on and poppin'. Come get some bagels, y'all!

Risks and challenges

Combined, we have over 50 years of food service experience. From washing dishes to owning our own restaurants. From Lexington, KY to Nashville, TN to Winterville, NC to Ada, MI to New York City we've been there. We know how to make bagels. There are risks of course. Starting any kind of business is always financially risky. And food service particularly in a food-town such as Lexington is considered even riskier. Permits, equipment, unforeseen setbacks and costs are all hurdles that we expect to have to overcome. But we hope that with our Kickstarter's help, we can avoid the extra debt and over extension of the resources we've been able to put together. We've signed our lease. We've finished demolition. Our partnership provides a unique blend of skills which mitigates some risks by allowing us to rely on one another.

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    2 Bagels, 2 Coffees & a Sticker, OH MY!

    Get a Kickstarter Backer Digital Voucher for two of our delicious bagels with cream cheese & 2 house drip coffees from your friends at Southland Bagel. You and your wing person will truly know what victory tastes like and that you helped contribute to make this dream a reality. Every dollar helps us get closer to our goal. We'll also hook you up with a sweet Southland Bagel sticker to show folks you mean business when it comes to delicious. We who are about to bagel, salute you!

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    Southland Bagel Care Package

    Drop by our beautiful brick and mortar and pick up a dozen bagels and two 8oz tubs of cream cheese. Now that you're leveled up, you can kick the doors open of your brunch destination and saunter in like you're fixin' to get your flavor on!

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    Southland Bagel - THE SHIRT

    We've gotten a lot of questions at the Farmer's Market about our Southland Bagel shirts. This is the droid you've been looking for, pallies. This reward level gets you the classic OG Southland Bagel raglan in our very favorite blue and white. Accept no substitutes. You can pick up when we open our doors or we'll ship it to you if you're outside of Lexington. You also get the 2 bagels, 2 coffees and sticker voucher with this tier.

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    Southland Bagel - THE HAT

    You've asked for it. Here it is! Support your favorite Lexington local bagel spot with the appropriate dope headgear. Y'all make us look good. Let us return the favor. You can pick up your new lid at our shop when we get our doors open or if you're outside of Lexington, we'll ship it to you! And we'll also give you the 2 bagels, 2 coffees and sticker voucher because goodness should be rewarded!

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    Travel Mug + FREE COFFEE FOR A YEAR

    Get an exclusive Southland Bagel Kickstarter Coffee Travel Mug and join the 'Breakfast Club'. Your cup will truly runneth over as you'll be part of a secret society within the halls of Southland Bagel that will get FREE HOUSE DRIP COFFEE FOR A FULL YEAR! As long as you have your mug, for our first year of operation, you'll have the power. More importantly, you'll have the caffeine. Yes we're serious. That's a deal so good we're probably gonna grab a few for ourselves! Oh and the 2 bagels, 2 coffees and sticker voucher is included! (By the by we'll ship the tumbler but the coffee is local only, friends).

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    • Exclusive Kickstarter Southland Bagel Coffee Tumbler
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    Design a Bagel flavor or Sandwich!

    We love hearing what y'all want. With this tier, we'll bring you in and feed you breakfast or lunch. Then it's off to the bagel lab where you'll meet with Scientists and Funky Flavor-ologists to design a limited time bagel flavor or sandwich with us that you name and get that food baby up on our menu for the whole dang world to enjoy! Our menu rotates, but you'll also be able to enjoy your item FOR FREE for yourself whenever it's on the menu. Congratulations, you're bagel-famous! You'll also get the 2 bagels, 2 coffees and sticker voucher and a Hat OR Shirt of your choice! And TWO tickets to our soft opening party!

    *We'll ship the shirt or hat if you're outside Lexington. The rest of these rewards are local only.

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    Southland Bagel Catered Brunch

    Call up to 30 of your friends, family, wedding guests or co-workers because you're about to CRUSH EPIC BRUNCH! Southland Bagel will come to a location of your choosing (within 25 mile radius of Lexington) and bring a spread that will shake the pillars of heaven. Bagels, cream cheese, eggs, nice crispy bacon & LOX! Coffee too! We'll make sure we accommodate any flavor requests, allergy issues, etc too. And we'll clean up and haul away the mess when you're done. The 2 coffees, 2 bagels and sticker voucher is included of course for you to come in and enjoy sometime. And a Shirt! And a Hat! But wait! There's more! You'll also receive TWO tickets to our soft opening party so you can be first to see where the magic happens and try out our new menu! (*Brunch needs a week in advance notice. We'll work with you on any and all logistics!)

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    • Catered Brunch by Southland Bagel (within 25 miles of Lexington)
    • 1 Hat -AND- 1 Shirt
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    CSB - Community Supported Bagels

    Do you want a dozen bagels and cream cheese every week for a year? The CSB Tier is exactly that. You come into Southland Bagel every week, pick your dozen and an 8oz tub of cream cheese, we high-five you and see you next week. For 52 freakin' weeks! That's a lotta bagels y'all! Like 624 to be exact along with 416 ounces of cream cheese! For your generosity, we're also adding ANY BAGEL SANDWICH off the menu EVERY WEEK for a year! Then we're throwin' in the Kickstarter Exclusive Southland Bagel Travel Mug which gets you FREE HOUSE COFFEE FOR A YEAR! And a Hat! AND a Shirt! And TWO Tickets to our exclusive Southland Bagel soft opening party. All that goodness is in addition to you helping support your friendly neighborhood bagel dealers, helping us to get up and running! *We can ship the tumbler, hat and shirt but the bagels have to be a local pickup, fam.

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    • A dozen bagels & an 8oz cream cheese. EVERY WEEK. FOR A YEAR.
    • One bagel sandwich a week for a year.
    • Exclusive Kickstarter Southland Bagel Coffee Tumbler
    • Free House Drip Coffee for a year
    • 1 Hat -AND- 1 Shirt
    • TWO Tickets for the Southland Bagel Soft Opening Party
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