GLENS FALLS — Dickinson’s Delights café in The Shirt Factory has closed so the owners can focus on their burgeoning catering business and their wholesale and farmers market operations.
The café closed on Dec. 23 after being in operation since October 2012.
“We wanted to spend more time with our daughter and do things that are more productive, more profitable,” said co-owner Jon Dickinson.
The business maintains its production facility in The Shirt Factory. Among its specialty items are bread, brownies, cakes, cookies and crepes, according to Dickinson.
Operations are expanding.
“We’re branching into prepared meals and other possibilities,” he said.
The business has prepared meals such as lasagna, chicken cordon bleu, meatloaf and chicken and biscuits, Dickinson added.
He said the café has given the business high visibility, which has led to the increase in catering business.
“We’re getting more and more accounts, more clients,” he said.
The wholesaling operation continues to do well. Their core business is selling at the Glens Falls Farmers Market, which is busier in the summer months. Dickinson said he and his wife, Tamberlyn, are taking it a little easy now and spending time with their 3-year-old daughter.
“We’re just kind of taking this time to regroup and focus in on doing even better this coming year,” he said.
The closing of the café is causing some shifting of shops in The Shirt Factory. Owner Eric Unkauf said Stone Stash, which sells rocks, gems and minerals, will be taking over the café space.
“They didn’t really have the ability to display everything the way they’d like to in the space that they’re in. It’s just too small for them to do that,” he said.
Stone Stash will be operating in the new space in February after some renovations.
Unkauf said a woman selling African products is lined up to go into Stone Stash’s current space.
Unkauf is looking for somebody who wants to establish a restaurant or café in the building. He believes that would be a good addition. He has space on the first floor or could move a first-floor tenant to his new annex building to make room, he said.
“I have a few options,” he said.