Craft Cafe will go up for sale

The owner of a cafe in the Piscataquis County town of Guilford has put the business and building up for sale, she announced on Facebook.

Jeanine Thomas opened the Craft Cafe in 2021, according to its Facebook page. It offers coffee beverages and homemade bagels, biscuits and muffins, plus meals for lunch and dinner. The 1,500-square-foot space also caters and hosts events, including private parties, showers, weddings and workshops like Glaze and Gulp, where patrons can sip on a drink and paint a piece of pottery.

Craft Cafe is one of few dining options in Guilford, though there are other coffee shops in neighboring Dover-Foxcroft. Thomas wrote in the Facebook post that she will reopen the cafe in April after a winter break and run it until at least July. She said she hopes a local person will step up to carry on and grow the business into an asset for the community.

Thomas cited her health concerns and her daughter’s plans to attend college in the fall as reasons for the sale. She didn’t state how much the business and building were listed for.

“As I take care of myself and am losing my amazing partner to her life at college, which I couldn’t be more proud of, we are making changes,” she wrote. “You may notice that we are listing the building and business for sale.”

Thomas closed the Craft Cafe, at 4 North Main Street, in February and March because of the steep cost of electricity. The cafe’s bills from Central Maine Power were $3,500 last February, according to the Facebook page.

The cafe will reopen April 1, and it will still host events planned for this spring and summer. Thomas and her daughter, Eden, will be there to greet customers through at least July, at which point college preparations will begin, she wrote.

Thomas was not immediately available for further comments.

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