The building is almost ready, but there will be no soda fountain in Northeast Harbor this summer. PHOTO BY DICK BROOM

Soda fountain on hold

MOUNT DESERT — The Creamery, a soda fountain and sandwich shop, will not be opening in downtown Northeast Harbor this summer as it’s owners had hoped.

“It has proven much harder to find the ‘right’ operator, and we cannot finish the interior or open without a strong team with the experience, energy and optimism to make this the success the community deserves,” John and Johanna Boynton said in a recent message to those interested in the project.

The Boynton’s bought the former Small, Staples & Co. drugstore building at 123 Main St. in 2013 with plans to renovate it. However, it was found to be structurally unsound, and the building was torn down in May 2014. They are replacing it with a new two-story building the façade of which is a replica of the original.

The second floor of the building will house shared office space that the Boyntons are calling the Wheelhouse. People who need a place to work outside their home will be able to rent an office or just a desk and share the use of a conference room.

The Wheelhouse is expected to open later this summer or in the fall.

Nelson F. Goodwin Company of Seal Harbor is the general contractor for the project.

Dick Broom

Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]
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