It’s a double marriage of sorts.
Marc Rose is leaving a 25-year career as a seafood wholesaler and dedicating all his time and effort to his new venture, the union of West Park Bagel and Deli and The Village Market.
On Feb. 1, Rose took ownership of both businesses which are located side-by-side at 10112 Montague St. He combined the name, dubbing it The Village Market Deli and Bagel Shop. Rose then knocked out a wall so that customers can easily look for a quality bottle of wine or a carton of eggs in the market area while waiting for a bagel.
By combining the two businesses, Village Market Deli and Bagel Shop’s space doubled from 1,200 square-foot facility to about 2,500 square feet.
“I’ve always loved this community,” Rose said. “This is one way to be part of it.”
The move has proved profitable, Rose said.
Sales in both the bagel and market area have increased 15 to 20 percent and expanding the bottled wine collection has resulted in about $5,000 a week in sales.
There are wine tastings on Fridays. New sandwiches and homemade soup have been added to the bagel side. In addition, sandwiches and salads are $5 after 5 p.m.
“We try to keep it at a price point people can afford,” Rose said.
West Park Bagel and Deli and The Village Market is now open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday – Thursdays and 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.