(Nov. 20, 2015) -- Throughout the month of November “Your Town Friday” is exploring Indy neighborhoods and this morning we’re heading to Nora. You’ll find the community about 11 miles north of downtown Indy. The borders are White River to the east….Township Line Road to the west….79th Street to the south and 96th Street to the north.
Did you know Nora is home to some of the best bagels you will find in Indiana? Let’s check out Bagel Fair!
“We are the only authentic bagel in the city. We were the first bagel in this city. People didn’t even know what a bagel was when we opened,” said owner of Bagel Fair, Reyna Pauker.
Reyna’s entire family has been in the bagel business out in New York for years.
“This business was started because my father and his nephew always wanted to do business in them and I was here with three kids and my father said do it in Indianapolis on your own,” Reyna explains.
And so she did! She opened Bagel Fair in this location off 86th Street in Nora back in 1975. This year they are celebrating 40 years!
“We have never in 40 years sold a second day old bagel. We bake fresh every single day. We make an authentic New York bagel which means it’s a water bagel. A water bagel has nothing to do with the water even though people will tell you that. It has to do with the fact that they have no shortening. I’m still making everything natural. I use absolutely no preservatives,” said Reyna.
Reyna’s nephew Bill is the Monday morning baker, making everything the old fashioned way: boiling the bagels and then baking them on both sides.
"We start from scratch. We start from flour and I use only the premium ingredients regardless of the cost. This past winter the flour that I used went up to double what it normally is and I not only ate the difference, we did not raise our prices. We don’t compromise on quality and we don’t compromise on ingredients. I probably spend more making a bagel than anyone else," said Reyna.
The bagels are just $1. Flavors include plain, sesame, poppy seed, onion, combo, salt, garlic, jalapeno, pumpernickel, blueberry, apple cinnamon, cinnamon raisin and whole wheat.
"They say we have the best tasting bagel they’ve ever had anywhere in the United States. These have gone overseas. For people in Indy who have had exchange students, when they go to visit them overseas what they want are Bagel Fair bagels," said Reyna.
And customers come for the service, too. Reyna’s granddaughter Elizabeth works the register. She’s only 19 years old but says maybe one day she’ll run the shop," said Reyna.
Bagel Fair is open seven days a week. They do breakfast and lunch bagel sandwiches and right now, it’s cash or check only.
Now believe it or not – Nora’s boundaries actually extend past the Fashion Mall to the east – to the 86th Street bridge. In the shopping plaza just next to the mall you’ll find an adorable little gift shop called “Details.”
"I started this shop because I've always been artsy and my major was jewelry design and art history at IU so as I looked for shops in Indy, and there were not very many when we opened 26 years ago, I wanted to do my own thing. I wanted to make it friendlier than what was around and giftier so that people would come instead of just the real artsy," said owner of Details, Susie Beiman.
Susie opened Details back in 1989. If you need a gift, or a little something for yourself, trust me, you’ll be able to find something unique, special and affordable in her shop.
"First and foremost would be jewelry, that is my love and we do a lot of U.S. and Canadian handmade things. There's a person on the other end of the phone when we order. There's fashion jewelry and that is mass manufactured. Clothing, we do exceptionally well with. Our styles are really all over the board but the real factor is unique. We want people to feel special, like they're getting something unique at a decent price. We mix in little gifty things with handmade things like glass bottom pottery from Minnesota and clocks we have handmade in New York. There is a real person behind each of these items," said Susie.
As you do your holiday shopping, stop by Details if you’re near the Fashion Mall or Castleton Square Mall. It’s the perfect little spot with handmade ornaments and they do gift wrapping as well!
"We consider we have something for everyone and we do! And we also gift wrap at no charge and people really enjoy that. They can just go out and give a gift but it's really about the product and how unique it is," said Susie.