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James Gallagher wants to bring some bangin’ whoopie to downtown Ellsworth.
The move into the 300-square-foot space represents Bangin’ Whoopie’s second big move this year. The whoopie pie baking and retail business opened its downtown Bangor location at 6 Water St. in February and closed its other Bangor location on Hammond Street on Sunday. Under its previous name, the Whoopie Pie Cafe, the business had another location in Brewer that closed in 2016.
Perhaps best known as the home of Flexit Cafe and Bakery, The Maine Grind building on Ellsworth’s Main Street is a natural place for Bangin’ Whoopie to go, Gallagher said. The building is home to a number of businesses, including art galleries and studios, a massage studio, and a law office. The Bangor Daily News also rents an office in the building.
“A lot of our customers in Bangor come from Hancock County. We thought it would be better to bring our product to them rather than having them come visit us,” Gallagher said, “and there are a lot of tourists that come there. It’s a great building. A lot of people know about it.”
“We are definitely looking to keep expanding,” he said.
Bangin’ Whoopie will hire four people in a mix of full- and part-time positions to staff the Ellsworth location, bringing the business’ total number of employees to 10, Gallagher said.
The new store will replace a photographer’s gallery, Monteux Gallery, which has moved to Best Wines on Route 1 in Hancock, Gerry Monteux said.
Gallagher said he plans to begin remodeling the space shortly.
Bangin’ Whoopie features more than 100 individual kinds of whoopie pies, Gallagher said.