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September 15, 2023

Portland retailer, pajama-brunch spot to close as owner shifts to second business

Photo / Tim Greenway Rachel Sağıroğlu at the Maker's Galley, a Portland cafe, market and event space that will close for business later this month.

The Maker’s Galley, a Portland café, store and event space known for its Sunday pajama brunches, will close its doors for good later this month after just two years in business.

“Sadly, the last year has been increasingly difficult to manage two growing businesses and maintain work life balance,” owner Rachel Sağıroğlu said in a statement posted on social media and emailed to customers. "In addition, I can no longer carry the burden of the rising costs impacting restaurants in Maine and the constant staffing challenges.”

The business, which sells grab-and-go sandwiches and salads and Maine-made gifts in its shops, plans to be open through Tuesday, Sept. 26. The Maker's Galley is located at 5 Commercial St. on the city's East End, near the Ocean Terminal cruise ship berths.

Looking ahead, Sağıroğlu said she will focus her energy on Experience Maine, her travel concierge and destination management company, and the greater impact it can have on Maine’s hospitality and tourism industry.

She also said the Maker’s Galley will “live on,” in the form of a new catering and private chef business branded as Experience Maine.

“I can’t stress enough how grateful I am to my loyal staff, partners and the incredible showing of love and support from our customers,” Sağıroğlu said.

“When you came in with your eyes wide and your hearts full of wonder of the amazing makers’ space and open experiential kitchen, it made it all worth it," she continued. "We enjoyed our pajama brunches together, our big girl mimosas, our cooking classes and launch parties. What an amazing two years we had showcasing incredibly talented artists, designers, chefs, farmers, fisherman and local products. We will miss these partnerships and will continue to look for ways to promote and engage with you.”

It was not immediately clear whether any jobs will be affected by the closure, and Sağıroğlu did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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