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A new locally owned cafe opened last weekend on a busy stretch of road in Holden which has seen a lot of development in recent years.

Black Fly Coffee Company opened on Sunday at 107 Main Road in Holden, in a newly constructed building with a driveway across from Holden Family Campground and Webb Motorhome, serving coffee, teas, beverages with fruit and a range of pastries and other sweets.

Owner David Higgins, a Brewer native, originally opened Black Fly Coffee in downtown Bar Harbor, and he planned for the Holden location to be a second location. Over the winter, however, the owner of the Bar Harbor location did not renew Higgins’ lease, so the Holden location is now Black Fly Coffee’s sole location.

Higgins said the community support in its first days of operation has been overwhelming.

“We want to give the public a local coffee option that they can feel good about supporting,” Higggins said. “Our dollars stay local and help support many local vendors. Our goal is to support the community, in the hope that the community will support us.

Black Fly serves coffee from Carrabassett Coffee Roasters and 44 North Coffee in Deer Isle, as drip or iced coffee, cold brew or espresso drinks. There will also be a range of hot and iced teas, frozen dairy drinks and fruit flavored ‘hydration boosters’.

When it comes to food, Higgins has teamed up with beloved local bakery Gosselin’s to offer donuts in eight classic flavors, including plain, molasses, jelly and chocolate, as well as honey rolls and turnovers. There are also bagels with cream cheese, cookies from Baked With Joy in Hermon and macaroons from Simply Macarons in Bangor.

Black Fly will only be accessible by drive-in or pickup – there are no seats inside, although Higgins said he could add a small amount of seats outside if there is demand . It will also open at 5 a.m., so early morning commuters can get their caffeine fix.

The City of Holden has been actively courting new businesses to open along Route 1A, including most recently a Tractor Supply, which opened in 2021, and Jones Lobster Company, a take-out fish market and grill, which opened in 2019.

Route 1A is one of the busiest stretches of road in eastern Maine, especially during the summer when tourists drive to the vacation destination of Mount Desert Island.