Giftalicious to Move Into Former Douglaston Market Space

Bakery will close its current shop on Feb. 29 and reopen at new site on March 5.

UPDATE, March 6, 8 a.m.: Giftalicious will hand out free coffee Tuesday and will reopen in the former Douglaston Market site on March 7, owner Demetra Sirica said.

Douglaston bakery will move across the tracks from its current locale on 235th Street to the former site of the Douglaston Market early next month, the shop’s owner said.

The bakery will close its current site at 42-34 235th St. on Feb. 29 and will reopen at 40-39 235th St. on March 5, said owner Demetra Sirica.

“We’ll be bigger and better,” Sirica said. “We’re going to have a breakfast and lunch menu in addition to our bakery.”

The new site formerly housed neighborhood hot spot Douglaston Market, which by the city’s Health Department that resulted in a total 78 violation points.

Sirica said Diego von Schmeling, the market’s owner, was not involved in the new site, but had “given his blessing.”

But she said Giftalicious would aim to draw the customers who formerly ate at the market by offering breakfast and lunch items, such as eggs, soups and sandwiches.

The bakery will continue to sell cakes, cupcakes, ice cream, candies, cheese and crackers, licorice and tarts as well as candles, stationary, fruit baskets, dishes, oils and other home décor.

The shop might also hold some sort of reopening party once it takes over the new space.

Sirica said she decided to move the business to its new locale due to the proximity to the , and other businesses along the community’s shopping strip.

“We had a really successful holiday, so I thought I’d expand the space,” she said. “I felt that business on the other side would have more transient traffic with commuters.”

For more information, call Giftalicious at 718-225-1925 or visit its Facebook page.

Correction: This morning's version of the story identified Giftalicious's owners as Demetra Sirica and Debbie Frantellizzi. Giftalicious is owned by Sirica, but Frantellizzi is not involved with the store.

Jaime February 15, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Douglaston commuters will, no doubt, benefit from the opening of the bakery in a more convenient location. The close proximity to the school will also enhance the social life of our residents. Hopefully, Giftalicious will also make it possible for their commuter clients to purchase daily newspapers and magazines. It is always gratifying to see local shops and businesses thrive in our community.
Debbie Zammit February 15, 2012 at 10:50 PM
What happens to "the city’s Health Department that resulted in a total 78 violation points" ? Who's responsibility is it to remedy these violations? The landlord? The new tenants?
Tom Pinto February 16, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Great news ... good luck in your new location


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