BANGOR, Maine — The highly sought-after doughnuts made by hand in Gosselin’s Bakery on Harlow Street using “all my grandfather’s recipes” will soon be available in Brewer, owner Yvette Gosselin Stewart said Saturday morning.
Gosselin’s 2 is opening next to Cap’s Tavern on South Main Street in Brewer, and will offer all the goodies available at their Intown Plaza locale, plus there will be a coffee bar with flavored java and instant lattes.
“We’re not moving. We’re just opening a branch in Brewer,” Stewart told a customer who saw the opening soon sign in Brewer. “We’re excited to be on both sides of the river.”
The bakery has a lengthy history in Bangor that dates back nearly 70 years, said the third-generation operator.
“My grandmother and grandfather opened it in 1945,” Stewart said, referring to Dorothy and Harvey Gosselin Sr. “My dad ran the business with my grandparents until my grandfather died in 1966, then he ran it with my grandmother.”
Harvey E. “Bakey” Gosselin Jr., and wife, Annette, Stewart’s parents, took ownership in 1970 and for a while had a bakery and luncheonette at 371 Main St., but moved to the Intown Plaza in 1996.
For the last four years or so, Stewart, her husband Bruce, and her two brothers, Harvey III and Gary, “have stepped up” to run the bakery, which has four employees and normally makes about 400 dozen or 4,800 doughnuts per day. That number can double around the holidays, she said.
“Bob, Peter, Dan and Bill — we couldn’t do it without them,” Stewart said of the team of employees. “Bob’s the baker and he worked side-by-side with my dad.”
Her dad died in 2012 after working at and owning the Bangor bakery for more than 53 years, and her mom still comes in to help out, Stewart said.
Anyone who has gone to Gosselin’s knows they don’t take credit or debit cards and they close once the fresh daily doughnuts are gone.
“The baking starts at around 8:30 p.m. and the first delivery van leaves at about 1 a.m.,” she said. “We go from Milford to Winterport, Holden to Hermon, and stop at convenience stores, hospitals and [area universities].”
As her regular customers pulled up in front of the shop on Harlow Street on Saturday morning, Stewart would start to prepare their order before they even got in the door.
“Two chocolate,” she asked one woman as she entered.
“Nope. I need half-a-dozen. We’re going someplace,” the woman responded.
“I know they’ve been a customer for a long time if they ask for coconut creme,” Stewart said. “That is what my dad called them. Now, we call them plain coconut.”
“My dad left us a legacy,” she said.