A native of nearby Cranesville, Pa., Jared Taylor (known to his friends as JT) spent nearly 15 years making bagels for an established bagel company in Columbus, Ohio. But he and his wife, Emily, wanted to raise their two young sons closer to family--and also had the dream of owning their own bagel business. 

In February of 2015, their dream became a reality with the opening of JT's Bagels in Conneaut, Ohio. It quickly became a popular place to grab breakfast or lunch, known for its friendly service and delicious bagels that can't be found anywhere else in the area. 

JT is at the shop hours before the sun comes up each morning to make his bagels in the traditional New York style he spent years perfecting: boiled, then baked, so they’re crunchy on the outside and chewy but soft on the inside.