Photo by Dusten Rader/Express Editor
Angelo Bonsignore, owner of Bread from Brooklyn, and his partner, Natalia Perez, hold boxes of cookies from Gravesend, Brooklyn.
By DUSTEN RADER
VAIL MILLS — New York City native Angelo Bonsignore’s desire to start a business arose from one bad bagel.
Bonsignore, who owns a home in Wells and is vice president of the Wells Fish and Game Club, had a buttered bagel at local diner that he said made him realize the need for good bread in the area.
Bonsignore’s idea became more clear after he started bringing baked goods from Brooklyn to share with friends and to club meetings. When he watched a line form, so did the plan to open Bread from Brooklyn.
“I noticed that they really enjoyed it and formed a line as soon as I got there,” Bonsignore said. “Everyone started commenting that the bread from the city is so much better.”
Before opening the shop, Bonsignore was a video editor and spent long hours sitting at a desk. He said it was when he had to have surgery for carpal tunnel that he decided it was time to do something new.
It wasn’t easy convincing bakers from Brooklyn to get on board with the idea. Business owners told him he was crazy thinking that he could make the drive on a regular basis to keep his shelves stocked with fresh baked goods. Eventually he was able to convince a bread and cookie maker from Gravesend, a bagel and cannoli maker from Bensonhurst, and a doughnut maker from Bay Ridge.
“The first week I opened up there were 30 cars in the parking lot waiting for me,” Bonsignore said. “The first two weeks were so busy that I could barely fit it all in the truck.”
The most popular items at the shop include: Rainbow bagel, everything bagel, cinnamon raison bagel, Boston creme donuts, cinnamon twists, chocolate crullers, cannolis and Bonsignore’s invention, the waffle cannoli.
After the initial excitement of opening, business slowed down for the summer. So Bonsignore decided to only open Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular hours are set to resume by September.
In addition to the Vail Mills location at 3734 Route 30, Bonsignore also opened a store in Schenctady. He currently employs two drivers and some store personnel.
For more information, call 518-948-1410 or visit www.breadfrombrooklyn.com.