As of last week, when this photo was taken, the location at 169 Main St. in Ellsworth still bore signs of its use by The Grand. By April, however, proprietors Nick Sarro (left) and Jordan Crosby will be selling their Downeast Cheesecakes products from the location along with other baked goods. PHOTO BY STEVE FULLER

Downeast Cheesecakes expanding into Ellsworth

ELLSWORTH — The list of reasons to think of Main Street in Ellsworth as a Mecca for food just got longer.

Downeast Cheesecakes, the Franklin-based venture of Jordan Crosby and Nick Sarro, will be opening up at the beginning of April at 169 Main St. (better known as the location of Gallery Grand, next to The Grand).

Sarro and Crosby last week signed a lease for the property, which is owned by The Grand, and will be moving in and setting up shop in March.

The duo said they will continue to make their baked goods and sweet treats, which range from whoopie pies to cheesecakes in a jar, at their bakery in Franklin. They said at this point, their plan is to expand offerings and also hopefully sell muffins, biscuits, rolls and other baked goods at the new space.

Donuts are being eyed as a special treat for weekends. The business owners said they have not yet set an exact schedule for the Ellsworth location, and that customer demand will help determine their specific hours of operation.

The Ellsworth location will give Downeast Cheesecakes greater exposure to more customers. Sarro and Crosby took part in the Holiday Marketplace in Ellsworth in December, when nine businesses each filled part of the former Grasshopper Shop, and said that experience was a positive one that encouraged them to establish a permanent presence in Ellsworth.

Downeast Cheesecakes is one of several Holiday Marketplace alums to have taken root in Ellsworth after the marketplace was done. Elizabeth Hilt’s boutique shop Elizabeth’s now fills the Grasshopper space, while a little farther down Main Street the Maine Alpaca Experience has opened its doors next to Cellar Bistro.

“It was really good,” said Sarro of Downeast Cheesecakes’ experience at the Holiday Marketplace. “We had a ton of people.”

The business, established in early 2016, has a growing sales presence online. In addition to its own website, the business offers an app for its products and also got its products added to Amazon last fall. Sarro said their company cracked the Top 50 sellers list on Amazon in the cake category over the holiday season.

Late last week, they also got a last-minute invitation to have some of their products included in an offering for a pre-party luxury gift suite at the Academy Awards on Feb. 25. The logistical challenges of a tight time frame prevented them from saying yes to the offer, but Sarro said with more lead time they hope to take advantage of similar opportunities in the future.

Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

Reporter at The Ellsworth American,
Steve Fuller worked at The Ellsworth American from 2012 to early 2018. He covered the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast's Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland.
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