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Bagel Bites locations for sale – for the right kind of dough

Naomi Havlen

One of the only bagel makers in the Roaring Fork Valley is putting most of its business up for sale.Bagel Bites, local purveyor of baked rings of dough, is selling its bakery in Basalt and its retail shops in Aspen and Glenwood Springs. The El Jebel shop will remain in the hands of the family that started the business 11 years ago.Connie Hickman, co-owner of the bagel chain, said she and her husband, Bud, would like to retire in a couple of years, ideally to winter in San Diego, where they keep a sailboat.”This is a demanding, family-oriented business,” Hickman said Wednesday afternoon. “The bottom line is that we’d like to do something else in our lives besides make the stores work.”The Hickmans moved to Aspen from Southern California in 1985 to run the local Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory for nine years. When their daughters returned to Aspen from college and decided to settle in the area, the family dreamed up the bagel business as something everyone could participate in.Son Todd Hickman manages the Aspen branch of Bagel Bites, at the Mill Street Station shopping center near Clark’s Market. The store is now on the market for $110,000.Hickman said he’d probably celebrate when the business sells because his family is “pretty burned out” on the bagel business. The bagel bakery itself is in the Basalt Design Center and is for sale for $149,000, which includes all machinery and the family’s recipe for bagels.Connie Hickman said the recipe came along with the bakery equipment the family ordered years ago when setting up the business, and it’s been gradually tweaked over the years. Bagels at high altitude must be steamed, rather than boiled, as is traditional, so they don’t wind up rock-hard, she said.Bud Hickman oversees the bakery for Bagel Bites and takes calls at 5 a.m. if someone doesn’t get a daily order of bagels, his wife said. Altogether, Bagel Bites has around 30 or 40 wholesale accounts in the valley, supplying local lodges and hotels, and makes 16 kinds of bagels. The sale of the bakery also includes the business’s wholesale accounts.Also for sale is the company’s branch in the Glenwood Springs Mall, for $99,000. The family is hanging onto its branch in El Jebel, which daughters Kristen and Kelly will continue to operate, Connie said.Bagel Bites has also had branches near City Market in Aspen, which closed within the last year, and on Grand Avenue in Glenwood Springs, which turned into the Sacred Grounds coffee shop several years ago.Naomi Havlen’s e-mail address is nhavlen@aspentimes.com