Maison Ladurée coming soon to Soho

The biggest macaron location to date in the world for Maison Ladurée is opening soon in Soho. The new shop will include a pastry lab, tea salon, chefs on-site and catering services. Expected opening date has yet to be confirmed.
Maison Ladurée will be located at 398 West Broadway near Spring Street

QSR Magazine predicts 5 food trends to talk about in 2017

QSR Magazine notes that today’s consumer is looking for something different and unique in flavor which is not surprising. Just in New York City alone, there has been a big boom in Asian and Mediterranean fast casual enterprises. In 2017, it’s expected to see trends around the Eco-Burger for meat-conscious eaters, National Asian concepts, Juicing- with a focus on Starbucks’ Evolution Fresh, Foreign-based brands in America, and more Build-Your-Own-Everything.


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Their Success… Depanneur is a market that has taken the time in getting to know the neighborhood they serve, they have even made tipping fun.  Just near the cashier, they have two tip jars of competing superheroes of the day, which allows the consumer to choose.  Depanneur does not have a large space, yet they have been able to stock the shelves and the cases with enough specialty goods and necessities for the local crowd.   Their product is mainly sourced locally and that is what the Williamsburg crowd seeks.  Products include Mast Brothers Chocolate, Mclure’s Chips and produce from Satur Farms.   They are the local go to market.   They have your staples to prepare a tasty salad, whip up a great pasta dish and if you are too lazy too cook, you can pick up an assortment of cheeses, charcuterie, made to order sandwiches and soups.  Any good market in Williamsburg needs to serve up a good cup of Joe and they do so with Intelligentsia Coffee.

What We Learned… Understanding the space you are in and how to maximize product selection.

Take Aways… Conceptualizing a business calls for a focus on the products you want to serve, the community you are serving and in maximizing the space that will allow your business to showcase and sell the products best.

The Walk of the Retail FootPath

What piece must an entrepreneur focus on when embarking on a new venture? In short the answer is everything! The puzzle is to make “everything” palatable in small bites, we call this the RETAIL FOOTPATH. This is the strategic plan that will guide your business along the journey. We have talked about preparing for a capital budget and the costs that make up the bulk of the expenses. Just as important and probably first and foremost is preparing your enterprise for opening. The retail footpath allows the business to walk first, not run towards planning for and setting up the business. The running will happen soon enough once you open. A few key concepts for the business to walk on.

1) Be passionate about what you are creating and have fun with the business!
2) Conceptual development. Defining the financial model, culture of the enterprise and what will be the Unique Selling Proposition (USP).
3) Defining your competitors and their assets – Know their consumers, pricing, day part breakdown, flow of their store and culture.
4) Knowing your consumers and targeting your consumers. The more you know about your potential consumer, the better you can continue to market products and services to them. The more defined the culture of the business is, the easier it will be for guests to seek you out.
5) Menu Creation. A yummy, targeted menu that can be easily replicated for consistency in production can be the key to your success.
6 ) Building a space that works for your menu and for maximizing the flow of the store and dollar check average.
7) Creating Standard operating procedures for every facet of the business. These are your building blocks, the road to set your enterprise on.
8) Leadership in the making. Running an enterprise is all about managing people and exciting your staff join you on the path towards success.

Happy Walking… TaraPaige Group

Seattle’s Best comes to the Big Apple– in Downtown Brooklyn

After over 40 years of being in the coffee business, Seattle’s Best Coffee opens their first East Coast stand-alone retail location in Brooklyn, NY. The grand opening festivities included an all-day free coffee giveaway promotion yesterday.

Greenmarket expands to Chelsea

Greenmarket adds another location for patrons to buy their local produce. Though smaller than the Union Square location, the Chelsea Triangle will be great for residents on the West Side
of the town.
Greenmarket at the Chelsea Triangle will be open for business on Saturday and Sunday between 10am – 4pm

Benchmarc and East River Ferry bring you Summer Cruise Tuesdays

Benchmarc, the catering division of Marc Murphy and Team have partnered with the East River Ferry to bring you the Summer Cruise Series. Join them, Tuesdays from 8pm – 10pm with rotating themes, with the first on July 3rd: Red, White and Blue. Ferry departs from World Financial NY Waterway Pier at Battery Park City / vesey street promptly at 8:15 pm.

Benchmarc and East River Ferry July 2012 Summer Ferry Series