A day in the life of Lloyd Squires, Vermont's 'best' bagel maker

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A day in the life of Lloyd Squires, Vermont's 'best' bagel maker

1:15 a.m.

Lloyd Squires, 54, wakes up in his South Burlington home as he does every day: without an alarm. He puts on a layer of Under Armour, a Montreal Canadiens T-shirt and a matching Canadiens hat. He likes hockey. He'd fallen asleep around 9:30 the night before, watching his team lose to the Sabres.

He rarely gets four hours of sleep.

2:00 a.m.

Lloyd, the founder and co-owner of Myer's Bagels, drives to a gas station and picks up a cup of coffee.

In Burlington, Kountry Kart Deli is busy making sandwiches for a less-than-sober crowd. It is late for them, early for Lloyd.

2:10 a.m.

He turns off Pine Street and arrives at Myer's, backing into a spot that directly faces the shop. I tell him I think that says something about him, that most people would pull straight in. He says he likes to shine his headlights on the bakery because it's been broken into three times this year. If there's ever danger, he says later, there's a machete hidden inside.

He unlocks the door and a large banner welcomes us in cursive: Myer's Bagels. A Taste of Old Montreal.

Myer Lewkowicz, the namesake for the shop, was a survivor of Buchenwald concentration camp. He moved to Mile End, Montreal's historically Jewish neighborhood, in 1953 and co-founded the famous St-Viateur Bagel in 1957.

In 1980, Lloyd was 15 and homeless, sleeping in a park for five days. He took an overnight factory job and went to school during the day. After his third shift, walking by St-Viateur at 3 a.m., Myer asked what he was doing out so early every morning. He offered Lloyd a job on the spot, a job Lloyd credits with saving his life: 13-hour days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, so he could stay in school.

Later, Myer would offer Lloyd the day shift, which he happily accepted. He'd soon discover that the "day shift" was 3 a.m. to 4 p.m. six days a week.

2:11 a.m.

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Evan Weiss, The Burlington Free Press
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