Blazing Bagels' owner, Dennis Ballen, began selling bagels and cream cheese out of a handmade bagel cart to local businesses during breakfast and lunchtime after being laid off from his office supplies sales job of more than 30 years. Leading to more accounts, Dennis hired a handful of senior citizens to push bagels around to more businesses. As routes grew and he continued to be unsatisfied with the bagels he was purchasing from a small bagel shop in town, Dennis hired a consultant and learned how to make his own bagels. The first retail shop opened in 2001 in the same space where he had invested in bagel making equipment. A few years later, Bellevue Blazing Bagels opened and then the brick and mortar location at Safeco Field and Sodo Blazing Bagels soon followed.
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