North Jersey Businesses Hurt As Brokers Cut Back On Bagels, Lactose


You'd think strip clubs, steak houses, and Real Doll outfitters would be the only ones feeling the pinch of financial professionals not making/spending any money, but you'd be wrong! In Northern New Jersey, bagels and cheese, items heretofore considered staples in the community, are being cast aside, deemed luxuries too expensive to justify in these hard times. Rick Breistein, proprietor of the Cheese Shop of Ridgewood which sells $60/pound English Stilton and Brillat-Savarin, says that many of his former customers are "bond traders...[who] don't come in anymore...they are suffering--they are not making the money."
And according to bagel guy Elliot Cohen, there's been a dramatic drop in orders from the nearby Morgan Stanley and Smith Barney. "We used to get breakfast and lunch deliveries there, and we've seen a lot less," he said. "One guy used to buy breakfast for the whole group on Friday. He doesn't come anymore." I speak for everyone here when I say there's an almost unbearable sadness about this permeating the DBHQ this morning. So here's what--our sandwich welfare program is now being extended to include bagels and lox. If you know a deserving individual who can no longer afford his/her own shmear, get in touch. Jews and non-Jews welcome. Any requests for flagels will be sent to spam.
Wall Street's Pain Felt By North Jersey Retailers [The Record]