Welcome to another instalment of the latest Natbee’s Series where Inspiring Female Entrepreneurs are featured once every month telling us a bit about their career and products/services with the hope to inspire more of us to start up our own business and get down to it! This month, we feature Larah Bross – owner of the fabulous Bross Bagels located in three different areas; Portobello, Leith and West End of Edinburgh. Without further ado, here’s what Larah says about her journey as a business owner and Mum. Bross Bagels Edinburgh
1.What was your main drive and inspiration?
After living in Scotland for 13 years without any bagels (like literally begging my parents or friends to smuggle them in from Montreal when they visited and hiding them in the freezer and only using during desperate times) – I had an idea to open a bagel shop. My partner Marc said yes (he never says yes to my ideas) – and so ba-da-bing-ba-da-boom Bross Bagels was born!Bross Bagels Edinburgh
2. Did you pursue formal training or are you self-taught?
I have been a performer my entire life. The bagel biz (in fact any biz) is all new to me. I’m learning as I go (trying to look as confident as possible!) . Bross Bagels Edinburgh
3. Describe a typical day in your life!
Get the girls ready for school & nursery (depending on who’s working earliest – Marc or I will rush them and our massive Goldendoodle out the house). Check into Porty shop (The O-G) have a coffee (or 3) and a meeting (or 3). Head over to Leith before the lunch rush – have another coffee (or 3) and another meeting (or 3) and my daily Bagel (still not sick of them!). Then to the West End shop to bring in stock or equipment or bagel love (our newest baby is still finding its feet so needs lots of attention and nurturing from Mama Bross).
4. Do you have any bagel sandwich ideas you’d like to share with us? What are your favourite flavour combinations?
All my creations are on our menus, but my favourites are: Bross Bagels Edinburgh
Leith: The Good-Night-Ckub-Turkey (grilled turkey, bacon, smoked applewood cheese, slaw & rock sauce – best served on a chipotle & cheddar bagel).
Porty: The Montreal (cream cheese, lox, capers, pickled red onions & dill – best served on a sesame bagel).
West End: The Westie (cream cheese, hot smoked salmon, pickled beets, red onion & rocket).
5. As a business owner, what is the biggest challenge you have encountered so far?
Finding time to spend with my family. Bross Bagels Edinburgh
6. What is the one tip you would offer someone who is looking on starting up their own business?
Just go for it. Don’t overthink it. You’ll only come up with reasons why you shouldn’t do it. Take the risk!
7. Where would you like to be in a year from now? Bross Bagels Edinburgh
Retired in the south of France – but opening a shop in Glasgow probably a more realistic aim!
Thank you Lara so much for sharing all this useful information with us and for letting us know a bit more about the birth of Bross Bagels! If you want to know a bit more about Larah then pop in one of her shops and follow her on Instagram HERE.
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