Islanders put local bakery up for sale

After nearly six years running Bob’s Bakery, the owners have put the longtime island business up for sale.

After nearly six years running  Bob’s Bakery, the owners have put the longtime island business up for sale.

Paul and Jill Beytebiere bought the bakery in 2007, when its previous owner, Bob Long, retired after more than 20 years. Since then,  the bakery has weathered the recession and prolonged lean times, but it  has continued to provide the sweet treats and savory offerings it is known for, along with serving as a social hub in the heart of town. But it’s time for a change, the Beytebieres say, and possibly a change that could still include Paul as a baker.

“I love  baking, and I don’t want Bob’s not to be there,” he said. “I would love to work there.”

Jill listed the business on Craigslist two weeks ago, and she expects they will list it with a local agent, as well, she said in an interview.

Until the right owner comes along, the business will continue as usual, and, in fact, Jill said, they recently signed a new six-month lease with Long, who still owns the building.

While running the bakery has not been a lucrative business venture for them, both Beytebieres  believe the business could be profitable for the right people — individuals with good baking and business sense.  But for them, it has become too difficult, they say.

The parents of eight children, they still have five kids at home. Jill’s time to run the business is limited, and Paul’s long nighttime hours, baking and on his feet, have not been easy on him, they both said.

Jill said she would like to see Paul have some time to focus on healing, while Paul said he would like more time to spend with his kids and would like to work 40 hours a week instead of the 80 or more he has been working.

When the couple bought the business, Paul noted that baking is one of his passions, along with soccer and kids.

“I am like a fish out of water if I am not baking,” he said then.

The sentiment, he noted, still holds true today.


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