GLENS FALLS — Samantha’s Café and Catering has changed locations many times in its history, but one thing that has not changed is its ownership by women.
Elizabeth “Bea” Morin, who is currently the assistant kitchen manager, plans to take the reins from current co-owners Liz Wilcox and Jennifer Kraft.
“We have decided over the past year that it’s time to pass the torch,” Wilcox said.
Wilcox will stay on working for Morin as baker and chef and Kraft will step back into an off-site consultant’s role handling training, sales and marketing.
Morin has been with Samantha’s since 2016 — shortly after the business moved from its former home on Broad Street to its current location at 193 Glen St. next to Mean Max Brew Works.
“I’m the face you see when you go into Samantha’s have been for the past two years,” she said.
Morin said she is excited about her new role. The public will not notice any difference, she said.
“There’s no need to change something that’s not broken,” Morin said.
“The mac and cheese will be the same. The piano isn’t going anywhere,” she added.
The goal is for her to have a seamless transition.
“We’ve been showing her the ropes and getting her in a position where she’s ready to do this,” Wilcox said.
Wilcox and Kraft have owned the business since 2011.
“The cafe has been in operation as a women-owned entity for over 35 years,” Wilcox said.
“We’re looking to keep Samantha’s rolling, and the previous owner is also supportive of this transition,” Wilcox added. “I think it’s important to all of us that it remains a women-owned business, as it has been from the beginning.”
Kraft described the change as an “evolution.” The catering business continues to grow. The events they cater include wedding receptions, birth parties, showers and anniversaries.
The business was founded in the 1980s by Carole Newell and named after her daughter. It was originally a deli and catering business that offered 21 flavors of coffee, according to a press release from the business.
The business moved from Maple Street to Broad Street in the 1990s.
Customer Adam Pearsall said he is a regular at Samantha’s because of its “wonderful food, wonderful people and always a warm welcome.”