South St Philly Bagels, Inc. opened its doors in the snow storm of 1996. Working in the bagel business since 1971, Michael Wagner decided to bring the family recipe to Philadelphia. Mike learned how to produce the dough, hand forming each bagel, and baking each bagel from his Brooklyn raised father-in-law, a member of the now dissolved Bagel Bakers Union. The tradition of bagel baking has been going strong for five generations now, continuing a time honored tradition.