Three new businesses have opened in downtown Bangor in the past month, and one more is set to open before the end of the year.
Jason Coleman plans to open Jersey’s Subs & Sweets, a sandwich shop, ice cream bar and soda fountain at 25 Hammond St., at the end of the month.
He plans to offer Gifford’s ice cream cones and milkshakes, soda fountain sodas, a wall of penny candy and New Jersey-style subs at his shop, next door to Bahaar Pakistani Restaurant.
“Jersey subs are served on a really hearty, crusty bread, and there’s a lot of stuff in it — a lot of meat, a lot of veg, all fresh. It’s different from a Maine Italian,” said Coleman, who grew up in New Jersey before moving to Maine in high school; he’s now the coach for the Orono High School boys basketball team.
In mid-November, ButterUpCakes, a new bakery specializing in gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free options, opened at 6 Water St., at the corner of Water and Main streets. Owned by Patrick and Candace Brady, ButterUp offers an array of sweet and savory treats, developed after six years of professional baking in their home state of Michigan.
“Everything’s made fresh that day. We don’t have a set menu. If we feel like making three different kinds of scones, we’ll make that,” said Patrick Brady, who moved to Maine with his family over the summer.
ButterUpCakes is open from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, though the Bradys will close early if they sell out. In addition to cookies, scones, breads, tarts and pies, they also make homemade gluten-free pasta, and take custom cake orders.
Over on Exchange Street, City Drawers, the women’s underwear and sleepwear and men’s formalwear boutique, opened its doors in mid-November. Owned by Dee Bielenberg, City Drawers also has a sister store in Belfast, which opened in 2011. City Drawers in Bangor sells high-end lingerie and sleepwear, as well as custom-tailored suits for men.
Also in November, local artist and Old Town High School educator Kim Saucier opened Limited Edition Studio, located in the basement level of 105 Main St. beneath Bangor Window Shade & Drapery. At her studio, Saucier sells her own watercolors and pet and animal drawings, as well as items from local artists and artisans.
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