It's Our Story
When we discovered a beautiful, charming circa 1864 bank for sale in the heart of historic downtown
Skowhegan, we saw an opportunity to realize a dream of creating our own bakery.
With the partnership of years of experience and enthusiastic entrepreneurial spirit, we knew that
with the support of our families we could build something unique and special for our town.
We - Michael Hunt, a Skowhegan-area studio artist with many years of expertise in custom cake
decorating at one of Maine's oldest bakeries; and Matt DuBois, a Millinocket native from a long
line of business pioneers, fresh out of culinary school with classical training in pastry arts -
opened our from-scratch bakery and custom cake shop, The Bankery, in the fall of 2008. Thanks to
our families' combined experience in hospitality, restaurateuring and building construction, we
transformed our old bank into a lively and inviting space while preserving its original character.
After two years of growth and success, we were presented with another opportunity; the then
25-year-old flower shop directly adjoining our bakery went on the market, and we decided to take
another bold entrepreneurial leap and purchase it. In the fall of 2010, Skowhegan Fleuriste & Formalwear
became The Bankery's sister company, and with some more sweat equity and family-powered renovations,
we became a one-stop-shop for events and gatherings of all occasions.
The following year, with the expansion of our business, we were joined by our third partner, Mike
DuBois (Matt's twin brother). Though Mike had taken a position as a graduate math instructor at
UMaine while pursuing his Master's degree in mathematics, his strong family connection and bond with
his brother made his decision to alter career paths an easy one. Since then, the three of us – with
the unending dedication and support of our employees, families and community – have grown our
businesses into a local hub of artisanship.
Well into our second decade in business, our mission and focus remain constant: creating high-quality,
from-scratch products; providing attentive and personalized customer service; contributing to the
vibrant and welcoming atmosphere of our downtown; supporting the development of new opportunities
for our area’s businesses and residents; and giving back to our community.