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People are Good

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Amai’s last day was one of the saddest, but best, days of my life. The customers that stopped by to show their support, and all of my old employees and friends who came back to celebrate, made it more special than I could have ever imagined.

It doesn’t matter what happens next. This experience showed me how much good there is in people and I feel very content. You usually hear about all of the bad things that people do, but when it comes down to it, people do care. It gives me a lot of hope.

Here are a few pictures of everyone on our last day – I wish I had more. I’m missing some of my favorites like Aydemir and Lynn (lunchtime regulars for chocolate chip cookies and Fiji tea) the Muchnicks (who order pies every week in the summer), Kathy and Andy (weekend regulars), and many more. I also didn’t capture Ayse, the owner of Polka Dot Studio who gave me my start. She came and I am so happy to still call her a friend. I hope to see you all again soon.

Thank you, everyone! It took me awhile to get these pictures together, but I still wanted to post them here.

Now, onto the cookbook (I hope)…

Ava and Wendy
Ava and Wendy

Queenie and Yuliya
Queenie and Yuliya

The pile of scones that was gone by noon.
A mountain of chocolate walnut and cranberry scones – all gone before noon.

Customer/photographer who came by to take pictures of the last day.
Betty came to take pictures of me at work on the last day – it was so hectic and I had been working for 3 days straight – I hate to think what those pictures look like!

Mommy and Me
Sunday morning regulars for “mommy and me” time.

Newlyweds Ed and Jackie
Ed and Jackie – We did their wedding favors. Now they are coming up on their one year anniversary.

Danielle – The chocolate walnut scone lover.

Andrew and Derek
Andrew and his cousin Derek – the best wall-painter/rapper/dessert lover a shop could ask for.

Phil. A fixture at Amai.

Baby Madeleine and Mom
Baby Madeleine and Mom

Queenie, Bonnibel and Dyann
Boss Q, Barista B and Baker D

Andrew, Kelli, Digna
Digna, the best person to ever work with!

Lisa, Digna, Jen, Dyann, Queenie, Janet
Amai Girls

Dyann and Jen
Amai Bakers – Dyann and Jen

The last sign
Flowers from the Greenmarket

Mini Cupcakes
Lots of mini cupcakes.

Empty Shelves
Clarice sold everything on the shelves.

Stevie and Janet
Stevie and Janet celebrate


Karen says on May 31st, 2009 at 11:10 am:

Great pictures, Kelli! I’m still bummed that I missed out that last weekend.

Jessica "Su Good Sweets" says on May 31st, 2009 at 7:15 pm:

A bittersweet congratulations, perhaps? I wish I could have been there on your last day, but I was out of town. Best wishes with your future plans.

chika says on May 31st, 2009 at 8:17 pm:

Hello Kelli,

Those are one great set of photos. It was really sad to learn about the store closure last month, and wished I could be there for the last time before you were gone. I did’t get to, but I am glad I have at least had a chance to pay a visit to your lovely shop last time I was in NYC (actually, we went there twice over our three-day stay). I still keep that pretty cookie box!

I hope you are now getting some much needed rest that you deserve so much, and best of luck to you with the cookbook and everything you are up for now. Last of all, congratulations to you and Andrew getting married…lovely!

Best wishes to you all!

Purple Dots Cupcake says on June 5th, 2009 at 5:27 pm:

I’m so shocked right now… I’m so sorry I haven’t blog or check blogs until recently and just came across this entry. Just one year ago (May 31st to be exact) I was at your bakery with a big smile eating your bake goodies and I have to say that Amai bakery has THE best cupcakes! I’m pretty picky when it comes to cupcakes. I still crave for your cupcakes. I’m so upset right now

Purple Dots Cupcake says on June 5th, 2009 at 5:29 pm:

sorry I click send by accident!


I’m so upset right now! Please let me know if there’s anything I can do to help you. I’m sorry this is so late of a response!

The pictures are wonderful, thank you so much for sharing and thank you so much for your delicious desserts!

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