Sweets are coming as French bakery prepares to open
Michelle Gillette Kelly prepares to open the doors to her French bakery located on North Ocean Avenue on May 1. In the background are some of her croissants.

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Sweets are coming as French bakery prepares to open

Story By: NICOLE ALLEGREZZA
4/12/2018


 

Patchogue resident Michelle Gillette Kelly is psyched to open Mademoiselle Patisserie, a French-inspired boutique bakery cafe along what she is calling “International Row” in Patchogue Village.

Since signing the lease for the space located at 61 North Ocean Avenue — the former Paul the Tailor location turned florist turned organic nail salon — in November 2017, she admiringly deemed North Ocean Avenue “International Row” for the variety of food offered, including Reese’s 1900 Irish Pub, Del Fiore’s Italian Pork Store, and the soon-to-be Big Easy restaurant. She also hopes the patisserie will pay homage to the building’s European roots with the former community tailor.

“We specialize in making you feel like you entered a small, quaint patisserie in the heart of Paris,” she said of the narrow shop with a sprawling display counter, black and white tile and French art adorning the walls.

The bakery, which will open its doors on May 1, with a grand opening ribbon cutting to follow later in the month, will offer personal bites including morning pastries, muffins, house-made croissants, espresso, tea and some gluten- and dairy-free options, as well as some petite pastries, soups and quiche, for lunch and after-dinner treats.

All her products, she said, are locally sourced, natural and organic, as well as baked by hand on-premises. Gillette Kelly grew up in Bayport, attended culinary school fresh out of high school, eventually worked teaching children how to cook, and sold products at local farmers markets before opening her own gluten/dairy-free bakery called Ms. Michelle’s Urban Bakery on Middle Road in Bayport. She and her business partner/husband Dr. Christopher Kelly, principal at Saxton Middle School, have been in search of a Patchogue location ever since her former landlord needed the space back. That was until everything fell in to place on North Ocean.

Come May 1 you can find Gillette Kelly baking in the front of the shop on display at 61 North Ocean Avenue with the window vented, allowing the sweet scents of the bakery to perfume Main Street. 

Without seating, she said, all her pastries are grab and go, ranging in price from $2 to $6 and anyone visiting in uniform will receive a free small coffee as a token of appreciation for their service. The shop will also feature a merchandise section in the back for French products, baguettes and fresh flowers including lavender and lilac bouquets.

“She is our newest member and we are every excited,” said Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce executive director David Kennedy, explaining that a bakery was among the top requests for Main Street. “It certainly fills a void. Michelle has such a great following and has been looking for a space in the village for years.”

Gillette Kelly will be hosting an open interview event on Friday, April 20 from 2-5 p.m. They are looking for an assistant baker, manager and counter associates. For more information, menu or to follow the bakery, visit www.mademoiselleofpatchogue.com or their Facebook page Mademoiselle of Patchogue.