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March 26, 2013

Downtown Amesbury attracting new stores


“We hope our customers will follow us, especially those who have credit here so they can continue using their credit,” Schneider said. “We love our customers, we really do, and I’m going to miss a lot of them if they don’t come up there.”

Maggie Sundae closes

As one business moves into Friend Street, another is on the way out. Maggie Sundae, a popular ice cream shop at 60 Friend St., announced that it closed its doors over the weekend and the space is now up for lease.

Adele Faso, Maggie Sundae’s owner, said she decided not to renew her lease on the property so she could focus on her new catering business.

Faso had previously said Maggie Sundae would remain but would transition into a soup and sandwich café known as the Soup Ladle Café, and yesterday Faso said she is still planning on doing that, but the business would operate out of Kitchen Local at 14 Cedar St. instead.

“That’s what we’re working on through Kitchen Local,” Faso said. “We still have a lot more we need to iron out, but that’s still in the works.”

Kitchen Local is a commercial-grade kitchen that recently opened in the Cedar Street complex. Professional cooks can rent it to prepare their foods.

Faso said she hopes to have her new business up and running in a couple of months, but added that it was an emotional day for her on Sunday when she moved her stuff out of Maggie’s.

“It was bittersweet, but it was a decision I had to make,” Faso said. “There was no kitchen here at Maggie’s.”

Meanwhile, reports are surfacing that the former home of Zac and Ani’s Bread at 11 Elm St. in downtown Amesbury has been leased out to a new occupant. According to multiple city officials, the occupant is believed to be a cheese business that will operate as a wholesaler and likely won’t sell its product to consumers from the store.

Town officials did not have the name of the business or when it might move in, and calls left at the building inspector’s office were not returned by press time.

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