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Stick Boy buys Mountain Bagels

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Article Published: Apr. 24, 2013 | Modified: Apr. 24, 2013
Stick Boy buys Mountain Bagels

Stick Boy Bread Company favorites, like fresh-baked focaccia, will soon be available at the Stick Boy Kitchen, formerly Mountain Bagels.

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The Stick Boy Bread Company empire is expanding.

The hometown bakery has capitalized on its plan to open a cross-town location to fit the needs of customers and employees with the purchase of Mountain Bagels on Boone Heights Drive.

Co-owner Carson Coatney said the sale became official on Monday, April 15, and the specialty restaurant is scheduled to reopen next week as Stick Boy Kitchen, a supplement to the main location on Hardin Street.

Coatney owns the restaurant with his wife, Mindy.

Fans of Mountain Bagels baked goods and cream cheeses can rest assured, as these items will return, along with an expanded lunch menu and other Stick Boy originals.

“We will continue to do bagels and will bring over the pastries,” Coatney said. “We will do a coffee line and smoothies. We will also have a café menu with soups, salads, sandwiches and Stick Boy bread.”

Coatney said the decision to expand and open a second location was years in the making.

“We were in the process of looking for another location already,” said Coatney, when he first learned the Mountain Bagels location was up for sale. “Some of the issues we were having at Stick Boy were, for one, we are set up as a bakery and couldn’t do lunch food. We couldn’t do seating and had limited parking. We felt like a location on this side of town would be beneficial to us and our customers.”
Coatney added, “We are not taking anything way from (Mountain Bagels), but more or less adding to what they already do.”

The former Mountain Bagels space is currently closed as the revamp to Stick Boy Kitchen is completed.

Coatney anticipates the kitchen to open by the end of next week.

Stick Boy is currently celebrating 12 years as a scratch bakery. The artisan-style bakery specializes in 20 different types of breads, breakfast pastries, cookies, crescents, whole desserts, pound cakes, espressos and smoothies.

As for the staff of Mountain Bagels, Coatney said they retained everyone who wanted to stay on with Stick Boy Kitchen.

There will also be new, yet familiar faces at the kitchen. Coatney said longtime Stick Boy employee Lisa Peace would be the general manager.

When asked about additional expansion plans, Coatney said the bakery has no intentions of purchasing any other locales in the immediate future.

“We are just at the point that we thought we needed a second location across town,” Coatney said. “It worked out with the timing of things.”

Stick Boy Bread Company is located at 345 Hardin St., and Stick Boy Kitchen will be located at 211 Boone Heights Drive. For more information, call (828) 268-9900, or visit

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