From General Store Cooperative:
More than 150 local businesses have taken part in the General Store Cooperative’s pop-up boutiques and e-commerce site, and now GSC is putting down roots with its flagship Marketplace + Cafe, soft opening on Friday, September 20th at 1875 Springfield Avenue, Maplewood.
The new storefront will host a variety of locally-owned businesses under its roof, including Good Bottle Refill Shop, Three Daughter’s Baking Co, #LOVEWHEREYOULIVE by Mrs. Meshugga, and an outpost for South Orange favorites Kitchen a la Mode and Sadie’s. GSC will also showcase a rotating selection of products available from its network of local makers, artists, and indie businesses and will run a full-service espresso bar featuring single-origin coffees, kombucha on tap, cold brew, and non-alcoholic cocktails on evenings with later hours.
The retail space opens to the public on September 20th, with a small selection of grab and go baked goods. The full GSC coffee shop and Three Daughters Baking Co. cafe, from acclaimed pastry chef Erica Leahy, will open later this year. The Cooperative has also partnered with JAVA’S COMPOST, who will be providing composting services for the marketplace + cafe, and Randall McFadden of Fare Trade Customs, who custom built select furnishings, including the new coffee bar and check out counter.
“We started GSC to unite local indie retail,” said Amy Howlett and Deborah Engel, co-founders of General Store Cooperative. “Our flagship marketplace + cafe — think ‘mini-Chelsea market’ — is the perfect expression of this cooperative sprint, with multiple businesses under one roof sharing rent and pooling resources.”
Mayor Vic DeLuca added, “We’re excited to welcome such innovative entrepreneurs and community builders to Springfield Avenue Maplewood. What the General Store Cooperative has created is the future of modern retail – local small businesses working together to support one another and grow.”
About the Cooperative
Good Bottle Refill Shop is the first refill shop in New Jersey offering an assortment of kitchen, bath, and laundry products in a refillable option, eliminating the need for single use plastics. A variety of zero waste lifestyle products will also be available for purchase, and workshops will be held throughout the year. Good Bottle is owned by Deanna Taylor-Heacock, who is combining her years of retail experience and passion for low-waste living to bring this new concept to the Garden State.
Three Daughters Baking Co is owned and operated by pastry chef Erica Leahy. Erica has over 18 years of experience in pastry and baking. The bulk of her experience is with high end restaurants such as Chris Cannon’s Jockey Hollow Bar and Kitchen, Tom Coliccho’s Craft group, Daniel Boulud’s db Bistro Moderne, as well as bakeries and catering companies. Erica left the restaurant industry to branch out on her own and develop a business to showcase her assorted talents. At the new General Store Marketplace + Cafe, Erica and Three Daughters Baking Co will be using that experience to bring elevated, seasonal sweet treats to Springfield Ave. In addition, there will be assorted healthy, but hearty, savory items for breakfast and lunch.
South Orange shops Kitchen a la Mode and Sadie’s are opening Maplewood outposts within GSC, bringing basics for the home, kitchen, and closet to Springfield Avenue. KALM will stock all kitchen, cooking, and lunchbox needs, and Sadie’s will supply wearable and seasonal apparel for the whole family at affordable prices from well-minded companies including United by Blue, which takes a pound of trash out of the ocean for every item purchased.
The #LOVEWHEREYOULIVE by Mrs. Meshugga shop will feature original South Orange and Maplewood themed merchandise. There is no shortage of ways to display hometown pride with items including stickers, apparel, accessories, and home goods. All the designs are exclusive to #LOVEWHEREYOULIVE and hand drawn or created in South Orange by local resident Lisa Buber.
About General Store Cooperative
General Store Cooperative (www.generalstorecooperative.