It’s official: Mary’s Marvelous, which sells gourmet take-out breakfast, lunch and pastries on Main Street in Amagansett, will open a second food store on Newtown Lane in East Hampton Village in the space that was for 33 years home to Bucket’s Delicatessen.
Mary Schoenlein on Friday confirmed rumors that had been circulating ever since Everett Griffiths, the owner of Bucket’s, announced on January 30 that his store would close for good on February 24 when he retired. The spot, which is in a two-story brick building, is in the process of being renovated. Ms. Schoenlein signed a lease on March 16, according to her front-of-the-house manager, Juliana Nash, to whom she referred questions late last week.
Ms. Nash said Mary’s Marvelous also will take over the Halsey McKay gallery next door in the same brick building. Into that space will go a “dry” retail store selling Ms. Schoenlein’s home-made granola, cookies, and other gift items. Sandra Schoenlein, who is Mary Schoenlein’s sister, will run the store. There will be offices in the back for the growing Mary’s empire, which is also going into online sales of gift boxes of oatmeal and cookies and such.
As for the former Bucket’s space—Ms. Nash said it will be “just like Mary’s” in Amagansett, which sells freshly baked goods like muffins and cupcakes, breakfast and lunch items like sandwiches, salads, soups and hot entrées, coffee, espresso and smoothies. A new twist will be the addition of a juice bar, with wheatgrass and carrot juice among the selections.
Ms. Schoenlein will be the chef of both operations, and Ms. Nash will be the manager.
“A lot of people come from East Hampton to this store,” Ms. Nash said from Amagansett; she expects to see teachers from the East Hampton School District, for instance, when the expansion is completed.
The hope is to open the East Hampton store by July, according to Ms. Nash. That might be just in time for the 10th anniversary of Mary’s Marvelous in Amagansett, which opened on a July Fourth weekend. “It’s great. It’s really symbolic and uplifting that she’s done all that and got such a loyal following,” Ms. Nash said of Ms. Schoenlein. The gift store may open earlier.
“So we’re excited,” Ms. Nash said.