“Nobody knows about this store except for the people that know about it,” Steve Freeman, new owner of Angela’s Pasta and Cheese Shop recently said about the specialty food store that he recently purchased.
Angela’s Pasta and Cheese Shop has been in business for four decades on the corner of Chestnut Street in Manchester. The specialty food store offers a wide selection of imported Italian foods, wines from Italy and California, a diverse cheese bar, Italian deli meats, fresh pasta-cut to order, fresh and frozen meals and an impressive display of gift baskets.
“As its third owner, Steve recently purchased both the business and real estate,” said Jennifer Boulanger, CRDC Loan Officer. “Steve knew seven years ago that he wanted to purchase the business; but timing is everything when it comes to purchasing, and selling a business.”
CRDC facilitated the purchase and sale of both the property and the business with Primary Bank.
“In 2018, I approached the previous owner as a customer and told him that I wanted to buy the business, but I don’t think he thought I was serious,” added Steve. “A year went by and I didn’t hear anything, but that year made a difference for me financially. Jennifer is right, timing is everything, and instead of just owning the business, I now own the property too.”
“Steve comes into this purchase with chef, catering and business management experience,” added Jennifer. “In addition to the retail side of the business; Steve is knowledgeable the culinary aspect too.”
“We have no intentions of changing any of the long-standing customer favorite recipes and menu items; but we are enhancing the offerings with ready made deli sandwiches and pop-up catering services which have both been a success since we rolled these out,” said Steve. “I also believe in supporting other local businesses. When you visit us, you will still experience the same diverse display of cheeses, wines, pasta; and outstanding customer experience, but you’ll see newly sourced, locally produced products. Something I’m very proud about is supporting local businesses especially today; its extremely important to me. On select days you’ll also still see Angela, the original owner, behind the counter too.”
Visit online at: http://angelaspastaandcheese.com
Photo Caption: Steve Freeman, owner of Angela's Pasta & Cheese Shop and Jennifer Boulanger, CRDC Loan Officer sit outside Angela's Pasta. Steve added outdoor seating to the neighborhood specialty store's offerings.