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Geoff Owen, owner of Owen’s Bagel and Deli, is hoping to change the world one bagel at a time. Owen, his employees and his customers have created a place in South End where most people are on a first-name basis and diners can kick back. “Its sort of a place to check your inhibitions at the door,” Owen said. “We’ve always tried to build community into our business.”
Ways that he connects: When the economy took a downturn, Owen set up “job central” in a corner of the deli. Customers were encouraged to stay and use the free Wi-Fi to look for jobs while he served them free soup, tea and coffee. He also donates a percentage of the deli's revenue as well as free food to local nonprofits.
Why he does what he does? “We believe in doing the right thing... Even if its hurts your bottom line, we consider it our contribution.”
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