PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Area residents are getting plenty of nourishment thanks to Bread of Life, a bulk food and specialty store.
Director Cheryle Matowitz said the business is somewhat like a natural foods store; however, she features a lot of specialty items “that you can’t get somewhere else.”
“We have a lot of different sauces and ethnic and organic foods that are homemade,” she said. “We have some licensed people who bring in homemade things, and we can order anything and everything. … If someone wants a 50-pound bag of something or a 25-pound bag of bulk item, we can go ahead and usually order it for them.”
Located at 769 Main St. in Presque Isle, Bread of Life opened May 30.
“We’ve been very busy,” Matowitz said. “The response has been overwhelming. People have been very accepting and welcoming.”
Matowitz grinds her own peanut butter from organic peanuts from California.
“We have a peanut butter machine that makes a pound of peanut butter in 30 seconds,” she said. “We also grind our own cornmeal from popcorn kernels and we can grind all types of flours. We’ve even ground rice for rice flour for someone that has been gluten-free.”
The bulk of the products come from suppliers in southern Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and New York.
“Some of it’s produced locally, as well,” said Matowitz. “I have one young lady who makes fresh bread for me, we have syrup and candies made from someone in Perham, one woman who makes jams and jellies for me, and we also carry some of the jams from the Amish.”
In addition, she sells handcrafted specialty made soaps, lip balm, body butters and shower gels.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday-Thursday. For more information, call 768-7000.