A longstanding Kosher bakery in the downtown Phoenix area closed on March 26, 2014 after being open for nearly fifty years.
Karsh's Bakery opened in 1965 and then relocated to its last location in downtown Phoenix in 1980. The final location for the bakery was at Seventh Street near Missouri Avenue. Karsh's Bakery was one of only a handful of bakeries supervised by the Phoenix Vaad Hakashruth. The Phoenix Vaad Hakashruth is an Orthodox, non-profit organization that oversees Kosher certification in Phoenix, Arizona.
The bakery was known for making a variety of pastries, bagels, and bread by hand every day. Karsh's Bakery was notably recognized for its handmade Challah and Rye bread. The bakery even supplied local restaurants in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area with baked goods.
On March 26, 2014, after nearly fifty years of business, Karsh's Bakery closed its doors for the last time. The bakery was suffering from increasing numbers of bakeries moving into the area and could no longer compete. Patrons visited Karsh's Bakery one last time to sample the pastries and baked goods from their local establishment. Wayne Kindig, the owner, could be seen behind the bakery counter enjoying one last conversation with his customers. Karsh's bakery could open its doors again but in a smaller capacity.