Bakery worker never tires of the taste of her bagels

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) –  Stop by the bagel window at the BreadHive on Baynes Street, and you’ll find lots of regulars.

“We come here every day, maybe every other day,” Bonnie Blake, who lives nearby the shop on Buffalo’s West Side, told News 4. “My two little girls love the pretzels and the bagels.”

Valerie Rettberg-Smith is one of the worker/owners of the cooperative wholesale bakery. She’s a big fan of the bagels, too.

“It’s the very first thing I eat the morning, is our bagel or a pretzel,” Rettberg-Smith said. “I wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s delicious and I love it.”

Val and her co-workers start every morning at 7 o’clock, and do most tasks as a team. From the baking to the deliveries, taking and filling wholesale orders from restaurants and grocery stores, vending at the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market on Saturday mornings, preparing orders for their subscription service, and managing the bagel window, there is a lot to keep them busy.

Val is one of the newest members of the team.

“What’s great about Val is her enthusiasm is infectious,” Head Baker Allison Ewing told News 4. “When she talks about our product, she sells it because she believes in it.”

One sign that Val is a passionate baker is the feeling she gets when her baked goods come out of the oven.

“It’s kind of like, is it going to be great, is it gonna,” Val described. “Then when it comes out, and it’s like the perfect bread, the perfect bagel, you just are like, yes! We did it right!”

“We make them every day,” Allison said about the BreadHive’s bagels. “But when Val’s in here making bagels, and she’s like. Look! Look at them! They look so good today! And I’m like, they really do.”

James Rayburg never leaves without one of those bagels in his hand. He stops by three times a week to pick up baked goods for his coffee shop, Public Espresso.

“I don’t think I have ever come to the door and not heard laughter inside,” Rayburg told News 4. “So I know it’s a great group of people who really enjoy and love what they do.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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