After two and a half years of serving Aiken residents breakfast on the Southside, Bagels Baking will close its doors at the end December. The business, owned by Mark and Sheila Stern, will close in the couple of days following Christmas, though the exact date has not yet been decided. The decision to close the shop, Mark said, was due to a combination of health reasons and the grueling work involved in putting the bagels out each morning. "We are the bagel store here in Aiken," he said, but added "getting up every morning quarter to three, seven days per week, it's just gotten too much." For those who want one last taste of the Sterns' bagels, the store will continue to open each morning at 6:30 a.m. for the next few weeks and will continue to offer 15 varieties of bagels and five different kinds of cream cheese, among other items. Bagels Baking is located at 218 East Gate Drive in the Publix shopping center on Whiskey Road. Contact Anna Dolianitis at adolianitis@aikenstandard.com.