Owner closing Trudies Treats - Sentin...

Owner closing Trudies Treats - Sentinel & Enterprise

There are 38 comments on the Sentinel & Enterprise story from Jun 5, 2010, titled Owner closing Trudies Treats - Sentinel & Enterprise. In it, Sentinel & Enterprise reports that:

A bad economy and "small-town politics" spelled the end of Trudies Treats in the center of Lunenburg, according to owner Judy Comeau.

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Sick of mediocre

Leominster, MA

#23 Jun 6, 2010
Get Real Folks wrote:
"corruption", "greased-palms", "backdoor politics"..... you people should stop watching all that prime-time TV and living in your Robert Ludlum worlds. I have never heard such BS in my life!
The business is closing for the simple fact that they didn't get enough customer traffic to keep it going. It is nothing that the Planning Board or the Board of Selectmen did to cause that. And it is certainly not anything Marion Benson DID. Nor is there is anything that anyone else (not even the "great" (you're kidding me, right?) Joe Bilotta) could've done....except maybe go there more often.
Sure, it was unfortunate about the liquor license, but the Selectmen have corrected that with the new application procedures. In any event, that license is not what forced it to close. Neither is the passed-over zoning change. Low volume did, plain and simple. It is a sad fact of life, but businesses fail.
The store was a wonderful place, with great food and fabuluous staff. I am sorry to see it go, but don't falsely put the blame on some "there-must-be-something- going-on-behind-the-scenes " plot because it is simply not true.
Call it "a series of unfortunate events" or whatever you want to. Your obviously one of the board members that are in that little circle of your own "Lunenburgopoly".
Go ahead and take your cheap shots at Joe Bilotta...make fun of his weight...I'd expect it from a small mind from a small town. Bottom line is...he stood for what is called LEADERSHIP...something Lunenburg wouldn't know much about. You people crack me up. You go around with the conspiracy theory that Unitil caused the ice storm.(too bad if your conveniences were interrupted for a few days...if you had used your heads...maybe you've been prepared.) Then round up a petition!!! Well that's a great idea!! Maybe the residents should round up a petition to get Marion Benson out along with her short sighted entourage and get some people that will run the town right...not run it into the ground. Marion doesn't have the credentials to make decisions in this town and she will be called to the carpet very soon. perhaps she should retire while she still feels important.(another small mind dream)
The politics in Lunenburg are pathetic and you should be embarrassed to admit you even live there!! But I guess if "Mediocre is good enough" for you...I'm sure you'll be very happy there.
Fact Check

Leominster, MA

#24 Jun 6, 2010
New Awakining wrote:
The BOS approves appoinntments to the planning board. Now they comment like they just don't know what happened - blub blub blub, at least they approved the Lake Whalon Beautifiation Project
The planning board is an elected board.
Corruption? Who can possibly benefit from the closing of trudie's treat? anyone?

Whether or not Ms Comeau applied for an available license is entirely up to her. She chose not to pay attention and follow up.
Whether or not Ms Comeau bothered to actually bring her zoning change to town meeting and put the effort in to getting the change she wanted, was entirely up to her. She apparently chose not to.
Marion Benson, the planning board and the rest of Lunenburg government did not set the menu, small portions or high pricing. Ms Comeau did.
The business ultimately failed due to a lack of compelling reason for a larged customer base to spend money there.
But sure Judie, blame "politics", the lack of a liguor license or a zoning change you still have not applied for as the reason. Whatever helps you sleep.
Fact Check

Leominster, MA

#25 Jun 6, 2010
The funniest yet most disturbing points found in this thread is the believe that somehow a single selectman or chairman could or would be able to reach out and change zoning, over rule the planning board, hand out liquor licenses or put "the fix" in.
That in itself would be the ultimate in setting the groundwork for corruption.
All that power in one hand. No thanks.
Rob

United States

#26 Jun 6, 2010
Seemed like a nice resturant for the area.
I have to admit that the location on the corner was a problem. Sorry to see you close and Good Luck in your future.
Get Real Folks

Windham, NH

#27 Jun 6, 2010
Sick of mediocre wrote:
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Call it "a series of unfortunate events" or whatever you want to. Your obviously one of the board members that are in that little circle of your own "Lunenburgopoly".
Go ahead and take your cheap shots at Joe Bilotta...make fun of his weight...I'd expect it from a small mind from a small town. Bottom line is...he stood for what is called LEADERSHIP...something Lunenburg wouldn't know much about. You people crack me up. You go around with the conspiracy theory that Unitil caused the ice storm.(too bad if your conveniences were interrupted for a few days...if you had used your heads...maybe you've been prepared.) Then round up a petition!!! Well that's a great idea!! Maybe the residents should round up a petition to get Marion Benson out along with her short sighted entourage and get some people that will run the town right...not run it into the ground. Marion doesn't have the credentials to make decisions in this town and she will be called to the carpet very soon. perhaps she should retire while she still feels important.(another small mind dream)
The politics in Lunenburg are pathetic and you should be embarrassed to admit you even live there!! But I guess if "Mediocre is good enough" for you...I'm sure you'll be very happy there.
You still don't get it: the store/restaurant is closing because not enough people went there. It is just like Whalom Park and just like TriTown Drive-In. It had nothing to do with anything any elected or appointed official did. It baffles me that you don't understand that. And what in the world does Unitil and/or the ice storm have to do with this?

Lastly, I was not making fun of anyone's weight (how small-minded can you possibly be?) but pointing out the fact that not even he could change the world of economics. As for leadership, you seem to have a really warped view of what that is (or means) to you.
OMG Stop

Boston, MA

#28 Jun 7, 2010
I will be very sad to see Trudies Treats close their doors. I will, however, drive wherever I have to in order to get my hands on the home made ring dings over and over again.
Hettie - Ashburnham

Gardner, MA

#29 Jun 7, 2010
"Comeau did not attend the (town) meeting to speak for the item because she believed it was going to be rejected. It did not have the support of the town's Planning Board."

That is a shame. This is one reason towns have trouble making quorum at these meetings. People just don't see the value in this form of gov't anymore. But they sure as heck would kick and scream if a mayor/city council were making decisions they didn't like.

She should have gone and fought the good fight. From teh time she submitted the warrant article, she could have posted a flyer in her place of business about needing support at Town Meeting. She could have corralled her loyal, regular customers, and anyone else she knew in Lunenburg, to attend the meeting and back her up. Just because it didn't have the support of the PB didn't mean that others at Town Meeting wouldn't have supported it.
trudy

Haverhill, MA

#30 Jun 10, 2010
thanks everyone for the kind words, but let me clear a few things up. yes the town made a mistake with the license that i waited 3 years for but whether i got it or not i may not have made it. yes it may of given me enough income to go alittle longer but i think it would of still happened. yes the location was not perfect, there is no large business near by to give us the lunch crowd that we needed. i don,t think marion had anything to do with this one way or another, and the mention of money for anything never once was mentioned. there is bribing going on that i know of! i am happy to know that our products and winning personalities will be missed but you will be able to find the products out there, and when you see them you will know it is mine. again thanks for being sad and angry for us but it is really no ones fault, not even ours.
michelle

United States

#31 Jun 11, 2010
Hmmm...I've been to that place and the food just sucks! I've never heard anyone( prior to this bunch on here) actually say that it was good! I think that's the real reason the place is closing. Not all this crappy about lunenbirg hoopla !
Sick of mediocre wrote:
Leave it to Lunenburg to drive business out of town. The small town politics is sickening and the old cronies have to go. Good luck "Trudies". You'll be better off in another town anyway. Lunenburg isn't worth it, and is an embarrassment to the surrounding towns who are forced to "deal with" the ignorance and arrogance of the "small town..small mind" mediocre people.
trudy

Haverhill, MA

#32 Jun 11, 2010
michelle wrote:
Hmmm...I've been to that place and the food just sucks! I've never heard anyone( prior to this bunch on here) actually say that it was good! I think that's the real reason the place is closing. Not all this crappy about lunenbirg hoopla !
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hello michelle if you thought the food sucked you should of said something and we would of gave you a refund. i guess getting best of boston for our applepie and best desert for our homemade ringding doesn't mean a thing. why don't you send me your address and full name and i will refund you for whatever you had that SUCKED. everyone always has something to say after the fact. the fact is we did a great job, met alot of great people, we are going out on a good note with a good reputation and i could care less about small minded people and there opions
trudy

Haverhill, MA

#33 Jun 11, 2010
also fat check i did look into the liquor license for 3 years, going in often, talking when they came to the store and asking about the licence. i was first on the list. but there is no list. i was also told the board was not backing me because they did not want the other zoning change to go through. when you do not live in the town where you pay taxes for your business you have no say at the town meetings. everyone has an opion but until you open your own business and try to do whatever you can to stay open keep your mistaken wrong opinions to yourself.
Wah Wah Wah Wah

Stow, MA

#34 Jun 12, 2010
trudy wrote:
also fat check i did look into the liquor license for 3 years, going in often, talking when they came to the store and asking about the licence. i was first on the list. but there is no list. i was also told the board was not backing me because they did not want the other zoning change to go through. when you do not live in the town where you pay taxes for your business you have no say at the town meetings. everyone has an opion but until you open your own business and try to do whatever you can to stay open keep your mistaken wrong opinions to yourself.
Look at the way you're talking on a simple message board. Is it any wonder you didn't exactly make friends with the right people to keep your business a-float? Maybe the board didn't give it to you because they basically figured your business was going down the drain and they didn't want to have to deal with what would become of the license when you folded. I can't say I would have ever gone to your business because I avoid unhealthy foods like your pastries. Maybe the customers you did have got sick of your attitude.
See ya trudies

Westford, MA

#36 Jun 16, 2010
Sorry folks but the bakery items were aweful I made the mistake of spending a LOT of money in that bakery for a large family gathering and they all thought it was dry and lousy. The following year I went to the bakery in by Ace Hardware and have continued to ever since. But to blame the town for her bad location and the fact that the parking was aweful is really unbelievable take the responsiblity and say My business sense was not what I thought it was.
Blogenburgian

Leominster, MA

#37 Jun 16, 2010
Oh well, try an Apple instead of a Croissant. Its better for you. Maybe the level of diabetes will go down in town.
FedEx

Berlin, MA

#38 Jun 25, 2010
If you need a beer and wine license to keep your business afloat, the business was probably pretty shaky in the first place. There's already 2 liquor licenses within a stone's throw of that place. There's a reason why other businesses haven't been able to do much in that spot. The parking, the location, the rent, etc.

There's plenty of reasons why things didn't work out. The town and its residents felt no connection to that place or the people that ran it. Otherwise, they would have fought harder to save it.
Some Love Trudies

Leominster, MA

#39 Jun 25, 2010
I for one loved Trudies Treats, and never found fault with the portion sizes (which were large by the way) or the abundance of HEALTHY options (i.e. the wheatberry salad). The prices I found were comparable given the products were fresh. You want cheap? Go to McDonald's. Her strawberry-shortcake cakes were the best around, and hopefully will continue to be given their new Shirley location. Judy some of us still back you, and I hope your wholesale business continues to thrive as usual!! We are sad to see you leave Lunenburg, and will sorely miss those chicken pot pies...
very sad

Fitchburg, MA

#40 Jul 11, 2010
So sad to hear about Trudies. I know people dont always like change but we have to make some changes to keep people happy and to increase the social happenings in these small towns. People really need to think about the people in the town other then themselves when making these decisions.
provincial

Southbridge, MA

#41 Aug 20, 2013
hello everyone, you do realize that both Fithcburg and lunenburg are hickville right????

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