Hello to all my wonderful customers,
I’m writing to let you all know that I am making some major changes within the bakery. When I bought this bakery from Ed Foley in July 2014, it was truly a dream come true. I have known Ed for many years, and worked with him with awe and wonder at his unwavering talent and professionalism with his craft. I was truly flattered beyond belief, and also terrified when he asked me if I would be interested in purchasing it from him. I realize what it means to him, and was, and have been afraid that I would be unable to fill his shoes. I have been striving since then to make this bakery a warm, welcoming space for anyone to enjoy. I have expanded the menu to try and accommodate requests for some lunch offerings, and I feel that the additions have been successful, and a compliment to the sweets we offer on a daily basis. Overall, I am very happy with the results, in spite of the fairly excruciating personal demands of this enterprise.
That being said, I have been struggling for the past three years to keep this bakery operating, and serving you all to the best of my ability in the face of rising costs and a landlord with unending criticism of me, and relentless demands that I keep swallowing operational costs that I never had to deal with under previous landlords. It has literally cost me thousands of dollars in legal fees to combat issue, after issue that have been created solely by the interpretation, and point of view of this one individual. In contemplating renewal of my lease, I could not envision spending another five years of legal battles with this individual, not to mention the stress, and strain it has placed on me and my family, personally. I made the very difficult decision to move the bakery over a year ago, but where to go? Portland has become something of a mecca of eateries of all kinds, and is getting some very much deserved national press! Unfortunately, this has also meant that it is a more desirable place to be, and for the wealthy, a lucrative place to amass even larger fortunes, much to the distress, and dismay, of locals, who have spent their lives building this city into what it is today. The influx of out-of-state fortunes, along with higher costs in general, have made it all but impossible to live singly in any apartment, and has put a huge strain on small businesses who are forced to either pay the astronomical rents for retail space, or pack up and leave the city.
This has been a very difficult decision to make, but ultimately, it will be the best for myself and my family to relocate the bakery. I have decided to take a year of simply servicing my wholesale customers, and continuing my baking classes, in a space at the Pepperell Mill in Biddeford. I will continue to be available for specialty orders on a case-by-case basis, and will be searching for a proper retail space in the meantime.
I regret that my employees and I will no longer see you on a daily basis, and will sorely miss what has become a way of life for me these past five years. I am extremely grateful to you all for sticking with me, and embracing the changes in product and personnel that have occurred in that time. This has been one of the greatest experiences of my life, and I am indebted to you all for making it rewarding beyond any monetary measure.
Thank you all so very much!!
Love to you all!!
I would also like to add, that in the last three-four months, the building has been sold, and the new landlords have been lovely to work with. Unfortunately, my space in Biddeford has already been obtained.
Our last day of operation will be Friday, August 2nd 2019.