The Story Of Downeast Cheesecakes
Best Friends, Nick Sarro & Jordan Crosby of Downeast Maine started Downeast Cheesecakes in Franklin, Maine in early 2016. Nick and Jordan both knew they needed to be entrepreneurs, but being young, low on funds and in a small town they couldn’t appear to get anything to work for them.
Then, Jordan Crosby a graduate of Johnson and Wales Culinary University in Providence, Rhode Island was invited to present a class on baking cheesecakes at a local adult education program. That is the point at which they had the idea of a cheesecake businesses suggested to them by a good friend.
Within a few days Nick Sarro a Marketing Manager & Brand Developer began the building of the brand. First, they developed a name, a logo, a website and a product list. They both realized that starting a new business in small town Maine was going to be a challenge, and to become successful in starting a new business, they needed to offer their customers what they believe are standard services in today's world. Services like online ordering, free local delivery, fresh products, and fast turn around time.
One service both Nick and Jordan knew they needed to offer was shipping. That’s when they thought of baking their cheesecake in an American Made Mason Jar. Within just a week of testing, they realized that they were on to something that was going to change their bakery in a huge way! They launched their Cheesecake Jars as well as a few other dessert jars with the option to ship, and orders began coming through more than ever.
The beginning was definitely a learning experience and juggling their full-time jobs on top of their new bakery was becoming difficult to manage. Thankfully, they received funding from Machias Savings Bank and built their very own commercial kitchen. Now, both Nick and Jordan say that they have gotten into a good rhythm with how to manage their full-time jobs on top of their new bakery, and can see that Downeast Cheesecakes is a business that’ll keep growing until it can be a full time, full-service bakery.
You might have seen Downeast Cheesecakes among many events they’ve attended this summer season. Like the Blue Hill fair, Milbridge Lobster Festival, Brewer Small Business Show, Bangor Wedding Show, Great Maine BBQ Challenge and soon you’ll be able to see them at the Harvest Festival and the Fryeburg Fair! Downeast Cheesecakes was also just accepted as a member of Maine Made. Maine Made and their products are recognized worldwide as a term for quality and integrity.
We strive to serve the Best Maine Cheesecake and the Best New England Cheesecake! Let us know how we do by sending us a message! We love hearing feedback. Thanks for all the support! - Nick Sarro & Jordan Crosby