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Roslindale couple said ‘I do’ at a bagel shop

Maggie and Jim Hobbs tie the knot outisde the Exodus Bagel production facility in Roslindale on Saturday.
Maggie and Jim Hobbs tie the knot outisde the Exodus Bagel production facility in Roslindale on Saturday.(Jim Paul)

There’s nothing quite like the smell of fresh bagels wafting through the air.

Just ask Maggie and Jim Hobbs. They got married at a Roslindale bagel shop Saturday.

The couple intended to get married at a traditional venue, but as time dragged on, they grew unhappy with the process.

“We were looking at the typical wedding places, and it wasn’t really us,” Jim told the Globe in a telephone interview Monday.

Local businesses, they decided, would do a much better job.

Small business owners themselves, Maggie and Jim had known the owners of Exodus Bagels, a popup shop providing bagels to farmers’ markets in Jamaica Plain and Roslindale, for years before they attended a community forum at the company’s Roslindale production facility.

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When they took their seats at the forum, they were struck by the layout of the chairs, arranged in rows split by an aisle reminiscent of the one Maggie would walk down to marry Jim.

The proverbial light bulb went off.

“It looked like the perfect place to get married,” Maggie said.

So at the last minute, they canceled the venue they had booked in April and told their 65 guests that they would be married in the alley behind Exodus, right around the corner from their home.

“They do their popup shops for bagels, and we did a popup wedding,” Maggie said.

They enlisted the help of the local businesses they know and love to plan a wedding in under three months.

Chairs and a red carpet came from a West Roxbury rental depot. Streetcar, a beer and wine store in Jamaica Plain, provided refreshments. Maggie commissioned a West Roxbury tailor to add a secondhand skirt to the body of her designer dress.

Maggie and Jim used folding tables from their own estate sale business, Hunt Estate Sales, to seat the guests and serve as dance floors.

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Seven Star Street Bistro, a Chinese restaurant in Roslindale, catered the event as their last hurrah before closing their doors indefinitely.

Maggie recalled hearing the sounds of MBTA buses announcing their stops as she walked down the aisle. The music was accompanied by car horns honking their congratulations as they drove by.

Jim remembered eating his favorite Chinese food (“Nobody ever gets good food at a wedding,” he said), dancing to live music, and smiling as his guests mingled and exchanged contact info.

His favorite moment?

“It was when the reverend said I could kiss the bride,” he said.

At the end of the day, Jim and Maggie left as man and wife. Everyone else left with party favors they loved: a bag of Exodus bagels.


Alyssa Meyers can be reached at alyssa.meyers@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @ameyers.