Business Beat: Michele Castner, d/b/a Shelly’s – She’s Back — At East End Beach!

Shelly At Work At The East End Beach On The Eastern Promenade

Shelly At Work At The East End Beach On The Eastern Promenade

By Carol McCracken

The ‘good news’ is that Shelly is back at the East End Beach.  She’s selling her great hot dogs, cold sodas and chips.  The ‘bad news’ is she doesn’t open full time until Saturday, June 20th.  That’s because her day time job doesn’t end until late June.  But, you’ll see Shelly below the Cutter Street lots on weekends, weather permitting until her grand opening on June 20th.

Shelley works full-time for the Westbrook School system.  School is out for the summer on Friday, June 19 and she will be on the job sellling her yummy dogs the following day.  Last year was her first year at this occupation.  She had to invest in her cart which she bought in Connecticut and pay other start -up costs, so she made no money last year.  “I’m practicing for retirement,” she says laughing.”

In the meantime, she’s come up with new menu items  to please her many customers.  The Reuben Dog – inspired by the classic Reuben Sandwich.  For the many (real) dogs  who pass by her cart on  leash,  Shelly will be offering Hot Dog Bits -all reasonably priced.  Crew members of the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum reported to MHN they made an unprecedented stop at Shelly’s to “fuel up” for the day’s work ahead.  Crew member of the narrow gauge train, Terry Miller, reported:  “Her dogs are great and her prices are as well.  I’ll be back.” he said.

Shelly will be back, weather permitting. tomorrow Memorial Day.  Shelly lives in the greater Munjoy Hill area.