Meet The Krew

Kismet Bagels was founded by accident. In the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, Jacob and Alexandra Cohen’s jobs in sales and entertainment were put on hold, and the couple weren’t sure what to do with their suddenly empty schedules. To pass the time and find a sense of comfort amidst uncertainty, they began baking bread each morning. Soon they had their first craving for bagels, and decided to try their hands at making them themselves. The first batch came out of the oven perfectly. Crispy on the outside and fluffy in the middle. After making some batches and dropping them off in their families mailbox (pandemic times), Alexandra had the urge to use their new passion to raise funds for local charities. They began selling bagels to their neighbors and donating the proceeds to Project Home, a local organization helping the homeless in Philadelphia.

Four years later, they now have FOUR bagel shops, host dozens of bagel classes a year, attend over 8 markets a week and now making bagels is their full time gig.

The two met as kids and now have been married for 5 years and now run this business as a family. As the name says, it was meant to be!

Jacob Cohen

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Jacob spent several years living in Brooklyn and Manhattan, devouring bagels every which way he turned! He also spent time performing music on Broadway as well as working in real estate. Back in Philadelphia since 2017, Jacob is a bonafide foodie and doesn’t look at Kismet Bagels as a job, but rather an outlet for bringing his endless food desires to life.


As someone who brought a bagel to school daily (poppy bagel, cream cheese, cucumber and bacon), Alexandra knows a good bagel when she tastes one, and when she took her first bite of the very first Kismet bagel ever baked, she knew the future was bright. In her spare time Alexandra loves to paint, enjoy music, and hang out with their baby boy.