A new specialty bakery is filling the space the formerly held Rolling Pin space in downtown Bay Shore.
Patchogue native, Amanda Dill, decided to open her own storefront after working at another local bakery for several years, while also creating specialty cakes and cookies for her friends and family at home.
She also posted her creations on social media, which quickly caught on.
As she began to create an online presence, she decided to merge her two worlds by naming her brick-and-mortar spot after her Instagram handle, Amanda’s Bakery Co.
“I always liked it as a kid, but I started teaching myself how to do things form YouTube and Pinterest,” said the 25-year-old. “So that’s when she decided to take over the corner shop at 184 West Main Street.”
The Rolling Pin, which has a second location in East Setauket, closed its Bay Shore doors in June.
“My friends who live around the corner told me when the Rolling Pin left and kept saying I should call and inquire about the space,” she said. “That was around August.”
Fully equipped with the old bakery’s counters and cases, she scoped out different locations across the South Shore and decided upon Bay Shore as her bakery’s new home. “I tried a few other locations and everything else was just an empty room,” Dill told GreaterBayShore. “It was nice to come in here and everything was bakery ready.”
Although she’s originally from Patchogue, Dill said she sees Bay Shore as the next up-and-coming town. “I go to Patchogue every weekend,” she said. “But there’s so many people and places and options that I decided to stay away from there and this is similar to Patchogue, maybe even the next Patchogue.”
Officially signing the lease on Oct. 1, the new business owner has been working hard to clean up the space, sprucing it up to the “preppy farmhouse” feel she’s intending it to look like.
Some of the aesthetics upgrades include a new yellow façade and a freshly painted gold ceiling.
Amanda’s Bakery Co. will be offering cupcakes, cake pops, wedding cakes and tier cakes, among other items.
“There’s going to be a lot of new and different things and we’ll help you celebrate any occasion,” said Dill.
Once the renovations are done and inspections are approved, Dill is hoping for an official opening sometime this spring.
Above photo of Amanda Dill outside her new shop. Photo by Julianne Mosher