After a 40-year run during which the downtown around it changed dramatically, Huntington's quaint A Rise Above Bake Shop will close on Dec. 31.
Owner Mary McDonald said she plans to retire. "It is with mixed emotions that I write this letter to you all," reads a note from McDonald posted on the bake shop's glass door that thanks customers, current and former employees, landlords and the support of her late brother, Paul, and late husband, Bruce. "I want to thank 'every single one of you' who made the last year possible."
A bakery called The Well-Bred Loaf opened in 1979 at 333 Main St. and was managed by McDonald. McDonald purchased the business a few years later and changed the name to A Rise Above, and has supplied the village with cookies, bread, scones, Irish soda bread and other pastries for four decades, from a petite, enveloping shop rich with baking aromas.
It is the second loss of a longtime bakery in the past year or so; in summer 2017, 30-year-old Reinwald's Bakery was sold to Ben Borgognone, who opened Buttercooky Bakery in the same New York Avenue space.
A Rise Above Bakery is at 333 Main St., 631-351-9811