After more than two months in business, Queen City Bakery in Patchogue held its official ribbon cutting ceremony on Nov. 19.
Executive Director of the Patchogue Chamber of Congress Gail Hoag, Village of Patchogue Mayor Paul Pontiere, Patchogue Village Trustee Gerry Crean, Suffolk County Legislator-elect Rob Calarco, and State Sen. Lee Zeldin were among the many figures in attendance.
In her vision for the store, owner Carol Reitz-Butler decided to combine her knowledge of interior design with her love for cupcakes.
"The secret to my cupcakes are my baker’s attentions to detail," she said. She uses only fair trade chocolate and super fine confectioners’ sugar. Confection perfection it not the only item sold in her shop. She also carries products from local artists, and many products made from recycled goods.
Such items include wallets and bags made from bicycle tires, and peace bomb jewelry which is made from bombs and others weapons that were dropped in Loas during the Vietnam War era.
"I've been wtching the town change and grow over the past eight years since I moved here and I thought it was time for a boutique kind of place to open," she said.