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Mmmm ... bagels

Lauren Wells
Monmouth College academic dean David Timmerman is a big fan of the brand new Einstein Bros. Bagels shop, which is located on the main floor of the college’s Hewes Library. In fact, he might be its biggest one.

“I have been there nearly every day since it opened,” he said. “When I don’t see someone I know to talk to, I peruse the journals on the shelves while I wait.”

According to one of the shop’s managers, Cori Moore, Timmerman is among nearly 300 customers per day at the shop, which opened for business on Aug. 24. The shop held a week-long grand opening celebration earlier this month.

Prior to coming to Monmouth College this summer, Timmerman regularly visited Einstein Bros. Bagels in West Lafayette, Ind., while he worked for Wabash College. Although Wabash didn’t provide the Einstein bagels experience on campus, Timmerman made an effort to visit there daily, too.

“I graded papers there, read articles, read the newspapers, prepared lectures, everything,” he said. “There is something about a bustling, somewhat noisy place that smells like coffee and bagels that spurred me on to good work.”

Timmerman said he is lobbying to get his favorite Einstein’s item at the Indiana shop, the “Good Grains” bagel, added to the Monmouth shop’s menu. Flavors that are offered include asiago, chocolate chip, wheat and cinnamon sugar, among many others. Lunch offerings include a variety of sandwiches and wraps, and hot beverage choices include espresso and cappuccino, in addition to coffee, tea and hot chocolate.

While faculty and staff are enjoying the relaxation and refreshment benefits of the shop, it is also earning high marks with students. Kayce DeRoo, a senior from Elgin, is one such fan.

“This place makes me feel like I can actually talk and socialize while I study and eat my lunch,” she said.

Einstein Bros. Bagels is open to the campus and local community from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays; from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays; from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays; and from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sundays. If you’re there around the lunch hour, make sure to say hello to Dean Timmerman.