Restaurant expands space and menu, but still relies on basics
Melissa began baking at home many years ago, making her always sought-after cinnamon buns. Today they remain among her most popular baked items. "I used to have flour delivered to my home, where all the baking began, in 50-pound bags." Today her baking is done at Jessica’s On Main where her days begin in the wee hours of the morning as the chefs start serving breakfast at 7 a.m.
A mother of eight, Melissa says her business is a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week job. "I still do catering and will take orders for anything I can make. I have been serving the Rotary breakfast for 20 years every Tuesday, every week. Every day is filled and I mean filled. I might get a couple days off every now and then. But I love this building and the response is great."
And Melissa’s response to her community has been great. At Jessica’s On Main, every other Tuesday is Community Benefit Day. Whatever non-profit organization or personal problems are named for the day, they receive 25 percent of sales of everything. Benefactors of Melissa’s generosity include Gloucester Volunteer Fire and Rescue, the Fairfield Foundation, the Grogan Family, and the Gloucester-Mathews-Middlesex Animal Shelter.