PHOENIX -- A Central Phoenix bakery that has made a national name for itself over the past 50 years is closing its doors for good Wednesday.
Specializing in kosher breads, pastries and cakes, Karsh's Bakery has been a fixture in the Valley since it opened in the early 1960s.
"There are bakeries that are making it, that went fully machine," owner Wayne Kindig said. "We're one of the old-fashioned hand bakeries. There aren't too many of us left."
Kindig started at Karsh's in 1996 and then purchased the bakery from the original owner in 2005.
Despite the bakery's popularity, it's been tough going in recent years. Kindig said a variety of factors, including increased competition, contributed to his decision to close.
"It's very sad," he said. "We are a family and we've stuck together."
Kindig said he considered taking drastic measures, including laying off staff, to keep the bakery going, but ultimately decided closure was a better course of action for everyone.
"This way we all go out together" "It seemed a lot more fitting to do that."
Karsh's Bakery is supervised by the Phoenix Vaad Hakashruth, an Orthodox community-based nonprofit kosher agency. It's one of just six bakeries certified by the agency.
Karsh's Bakery, located at 5555 N. Seventh Street, will be open until 6 p.m.