Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, July 26, 2018
Young entrepreneur finds success in baking
10-year-old Sam Robbins serves up treats, coffee and lemonade at his baked goods stand on July 24.1x.5
by Monique Labbe
Take a spin to the end of Weedfield Road in Stonington on a Tuesday, and one just might find something delectable.
Ten-year-old Sam Robbins sets up Shamrock 3 Bakery every Tuesday morning, from 7 to 8:30 a.m., and from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., with everything from donuts to cookies to quiche. All of the goodies are made by Robbins every Monday evening and Tuesday morning before he opens.
“My mom and grandparents taught me how to bake,” said Robbins as he was closing down his stand the morning of July 24. “All of the recipes are family recipes, or ones that I try somewhere and really like.”
Those lessons prompted Robbins to open the stand in 2011 with help from his parents. Originally called Sam’s Snack Shack, the stand was built out of an old television stand. Each year, he adds on to the stand to give him more room to display his treats.
“I like it because I like to bake and it’s something fun to do,” said Robbins. “Some of the money I keep to buy things during the summer, and some of it I use to buy supplies for the stand.”
Community conscious, Robbins also puts out donation jars for the Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School chess team and the Ark Animal Shelter.
Robbins’ stand is located across from the Island Childcare daycare center. That traffic, as well as postings on his Facebook page, have gotten the word out about his business. Sometimes, he also puts a sign at the end of the road, he said.
In addition to people stopping by the stand on Tuesdays, Robbins gets weekly orders from some regulars, for cookies, muffins and the like.
“Some people will drop off a note or something by the stand for a dozen muffins, so they order ahead,” he said.
Robbins’ treats will get some celebrity attention on Friday, July 27, as he is catering a talk by well-known children’s novelist Lois Lowry at the Stonington Town Office.
“That’s very exciting,” he said.
When he’s not serving up treats and locally-brewed 44 North Coffee, Robbins said he likes to fix up and ride old bicycles that he finds, as well as visit yard sales during the summer. He also went to soccer camp and Lego Robotics camp this summer.
The 10-year-old operates his stand during the summer months, but business does not stop once school starts back up, he said.
“I sell to different people in the winter, when I have time,” he said. “Like during vacations and stuff. People like to have things for the holidays.”