The Scone Goddess: How a kitchen business turned into a Northport brick-and-mortar store

NORTHPORT—Down the road on Route 1 from The Only Donut is the newly built brick-and-mortar home of The Scone Goddess.

“We call this area of ​​Route 1 ‘The Corridor of Yum,'” said Founder and CEO Veronica Stubbs, who hosted the grand opening of The Scone Goddess’ new physical location on May 26.

A one-man business in 2019, Stubbs began cooking and perfecting his scone recipes in his kitchen.

“I started making scones one day a week to get to know my community,” said Stubbs, who lives with her husband and daughters in Northport. “We would start at the farmer’s market and sell out within an hour. Then the pandemic hit and we had to pivot, so we started making scone mixes that now ship across the US Last summer, we had a custom food trailer built and Liz Lane, Bayside store owner, allowed me to park there as a test drive. We collected data to see if there was enough “scone love” to build a physical store. We sold scones in 15 minutes in that trailer, so in September we bought some land and started building.

The building was built in six weeks, thanks to her contractor, whom she rewarded daily with scones. Stubbs thinks it might have something to do with how quickly the project was completed.

Yet people kept coming.

“Before there were even walls, people were putting on masks and walking around an active construction site looking for scones,” she said.

Today, she sells over 40 varieties of original, gluten-free fresh scones.

The custom-built shop is an indoor bakery with a retail section for its scone mixes, English accompaniments, such as imported UK honey, clotted cream and preserves. There’s even a dedicated back room for making gluten-free scones. The mixer is actually a concrete mixer with a food grade drum. A storage room and his office are upstairs. After remodeling their two-car garage into a manufacturing building, the business continues to expand with online ordering and even offers franchises to licensed bakers across the country. Stubbs said the second floor could be converted into a public space for invitational tea.

The scone, a staple of British tea, is a pastry that has been around since 1513 and is linked to Scotland, Ireland and England. It’s no coincidence that many people from the UK have stopped by his shop to try his baked treat and compare it to what they can get at home.

“We have a ton of European customers,” she said. “I had a client from England who told me she was a scone snob and I was successful, which is huge for me. Because when I started, who knew?

Its most popular scones are raspberry and cream and wild lemon with Maine blueberries, as well as savory scones such as spinach feta and sun-dried tomato.

Additionally, the shop offers a blend of medium-bodied roast coffee under The Scone Goddess label, as well as teas, lattes, iced tea, iced lemonade, bottled lemonades and ginger beers imported from the UK. United.

“We offer Maine-made products whenever possible, such as cards, mugs, jewelry, honey, Maineia tea and Bixby chocolate bars from Rockland,” Stubbs said.

For more information, visit their website or their Facebook page.

Kay Stephens can be contacted at [email protected]